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St Mawes

St Mawes, at the south of the Roseland Peninsula, was an important port during medieval times. Today, St Mawes is a coastal village looking out over the River Fal towards Falmouth. It is extremely popular with holiday home owners. The village has several restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as some galleries. St Mawes has two sandy beaches, and there is a sailing club. The waters here are ideal for boats, kayaks and windsurfers alike. Much of the popular television series Poldark was filmed in the St Mawes area. The King Harry Ferry transports passengers and their cars across the estuary to Trelissick, where it is possible to travel on to Truro by road. There are also regular ferries to Falmouth. St Mawes Castle was built in the sixteenth century, by order of Henry VIII, to help defend the coast. The castle now belongs to English Heritage.