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The Cornwall peninsula: from Falmouth to St Michae

The Cornwall peninsula: from Falmouth to St Michae

By car, 49 km, 1 day

In Falmouth you will find Cornwall's biggest fortress: Pendennis Castle, which rises up on the headland of the peninsula at the entrance to the bay. The most spectacular way to take from here is the road going to the most westerly point of the coast. After passing alongside Glendurgan Garden, famous for its maze, you will be astonished to find that England has its own "Mont Saint-Michel" (St Michael's Mount), with a silhouette very similar to the French site!

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Front de mer de Falmouth  

Cliff Road Falmouth TR114AW
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The sea front runs for over 1 km from Greenbank Quay to Prince of Wales Quay. The 18C houses and warehouses overlook the river.


Glendurgan Garden   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Mawnan Smith TR115
Nature and gardens

This attractive garden with a number of subtropical trees and shrubs leads down to the hamlet of Durgan, on the River Helford. It possesses an interesting bay-tree maze and a beribboned Maypole.


St Michael's Mount   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Marazion TR17
Nature and gardens

This small island, inhabited since the 4C BC, bears the same name as its better known counterpart in Normandy, to which it was affiliated from the 12C to the 15C. According to legend the archangel Michael was sighted on the rock, making the island a place of pilgrimage from the late 5C. The monastery was transformed into a stronghold from the 15C, before it became a family residence when it was bought by John St Aubyn in 1647. The castle features a hybrid of 14C-19C styles. The village at its feet is a hive of activity in the busy summer season.

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