We were blessed with another cracking day of Cornwall sunshine and we were determined to make the most of it. We got up and headed down to the ferry pier to get a boat across the harbour to St Mawes.  We were early enough to get our tickets (return!) and have a look about before we headed off.  The pier we left from was the far end of the high street and there were some memorials to Operation Chariot which was the codename given the to the Raid on St Nazaire.  The group of boats and Royal Marine Commandos set out from Falmouth on 28 March 1942 to attack the port on the west coast of France.  Anyone who knows me knows this is something I am interested in.  The littlies were enjoying a different view of the harbour as the tide was heading out but we didn’t have to wait long for the ferry to arrive…

The ferry was running a little late so when it arrived everyone boarded quickly and we then off across the water to St Mawes.  The trip itself is only about 20 minutes and we all enjoyed being outside in the sunshine as we chucked across the harbour.  We got some lovely sights of Falmouth including the Maritime Museum and the large Navy boats we had seen the day before as we headed out onto the water.  We could see the castle as we ventured further out and the littlies enjoyed picking out the sights of places we had already seen and visited in our short time in Falmouth.

As we approached St Mawes we sailed past the castle which we could see when we were at Pendennis castle the day before.  We could straight away and appreciate it was a smaller place than Falmouth.  Very quaint with lots of the houses enjoying sea views. Maybe because it was smaller, or because of he sunny weather but it was very busy!  As we disembarked, I was glad we didn’t drive here…parking spaces at a premium and the narrow road along the seafront was constantly filled with pedestrians and cars trying to get by!

After a quick refreshment break to answer natures call we stopped by a small cafe on the seafront for a Cornwall favourite.  The traditional hand made pasty and what beauties they were.  After this, we took a walk along the seafront and went down to the water to explore the rock pools.  The tide was out but was fast coming in so it gave us chance to see what things we could find.

The biggest challenge was not to fall over on the rocks.  They were not very smooth and parts of them were still wet from when the tide went out.  We all found we had to be very nimble hopping about trying not to get our feet wet or our knees scraped!  We found a few interesting things like crabs left behind from the tide, seaweed and some fantastic looking shells.  Yours truly left the rusksack on the sand by a rock about 2 metres from the water but the tide came in so quick it got quite wet!  After nearly an hour of this we headed back to the main road and continued walking towards where St Mawes Castle was.

We decided against another castle visit and walked on by to continue round the headland on a very quiet footpath.  It was nice to find ourselves more or less on our own as stomped along.  From here we got some good views of Falmouth.  Before we decided on turning around and heading back realising time was cracking on, we found some steps down to the water and went for a nose about.  We found a brilliant collection of flat stones so we decided to have a Team GB stone skimming competition.  Despite some brilliant efforts from all involved, Reenie won with a shot that skimmed no less than eight times.  I wanted to stay and try and beat it but I soon found I would be left by myself in my efforts to eclipse Reenie!  So much for Team GB!!

The walk back along to St Mawes and I think we were all starting to feel the effects of the sun and were getting quite warm and thirsty.  The thought of an ice cream from the shop in St Mawes sustained us as we headed back to civilisation!  We barely had time to grab when we realised we could grab a ferry back to Falmouth!  So there we sat, on the ferry, eating ice cream and feeling more than a little tuckered out from all the walking!  It actually started to feel a little chilly on the way back so we were all glad we had our hoodies with us…

On arriving back at Falmouth we had a relaxing drink sat outside the Shed (where we ate the night before) before picking up Fish and Chips from Rick Steins!  What a treat…

We worked out by the time we were home we had more or less spent all day outside which amounted to about seven hours!  The fish and chips went down very well!