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Ruan Lanihorne

The Roseland

The Roseland is a small south-facing peninsular protected from the prevailing Atlantic weather by The Lizard. This results in a mild micro-climate in which many sub-tropical and native plants thrive. It is divided from the mainland by the waters of the Carrick Roads and the River Fal which together form one of the best water-sports areas in the country.

Yachts at anchor off Great Molunon beachYachts sail from St. Mawes, Falmouth, Mylor, Helford and several other ports. There are various cruise and hire companies or for the less adventurous, the regular foot-ferry between St. Mawes and Falmouth gives a chance to see the Roseland from the sea.

The coast includes sandy beaches, pebble coves, towering cliffs, quiet rivers, secluded creeks and busy little harbours. It is perfect for sailing, surfingPorthbeor in the sunshine, diving, swimming, beach-combing, fishing, paddling, building sandcastles or just watching the water flow. There is always the chance of seeing grey seals and the occasional dolphin or basking shark. Several beaches have easy access from nearby car-parks and facilities such as a shop or toilets nearby.

The interior alternates between rolling farmland and steep wooded valleys divided by busy streams feed the tidal rivers of the Fal and the Percuil.Froe from Rostigue It is a haven for birds and bird-watchers alike. The upper Fal, near Ruan Lanihorne is particularly good. Sitting on the quayside watching the sun set over the salt marshes listening to the oystercatchers is a fine way to work up an appetite for dinner at the Kings Head.

The River Ruan at sunset from the QuaysideSunset over the Ruan/Fal estuary

There are several small harbours/villages with pubs, hotels, restaurants, local shops and some very enticing art-galleries. Each has its own character and history and there have been few changes caused by the march of 'progress'. The Roseland is criss-crossed with public footpaths and byways to amble down. Ardevora from PhilleaghThe roads are generally quiet, with dry-stone walls, hedgerows and cow-parsley punctuated by farms and hamlets. The only difficult choice on a walking holiday is whether to set-out from the Old Forge or drive five minutes to some of the best walks in Cornwall!

Nosy cowsIf you miss the city life, Truro is in easy reach with its Cathedral, Royal Cornwall Museum, Hall for Cornwall, numerous shops, restaurants and a cinema. A little further afield is Falmouth which hosts the Maritime Museum. Falmouth can be visited by boat from St. Mawes.

There are several beautiful NT and private gardens nearby including Trelissick, Tregothnan, Caerhays. Glendurgen, Trebah, Trerice, The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Llanhydrock. Click here for information on gardens, Truro, Falmouth and many pubs, restaurants and shops.