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Also known as Summers Beach, Freshwater Beach is a large south-west facing crescent of sand and rocks to the east of St. Mawes. The beach lies quite close to the car park and therefore can become busy in summer. There is no lifeguard cover at all but rescue equipment is provided.
To the west of the beach lies the harbour and the quay, where it is possible to take boat trips around the surrounding area. A further half mile along the A3078 passing above Tavern Beach, lies the 16th Century St. Mawes Castle. Built between 1540 and 1545, St. Mawes Castle and its sister castle Pendennis, across the Fal, were built as part of a defensive chain of fortresses by King Henry VIII, to defended the approach to Carrick Roads, the Fal and its large natural harbour.
The beach is good for swimming at all stages of the tide but be aware that there are no facilities at Freshwater Beach. All the usual amenities such as toilets, shops and cafes are to be found in St Mawes, just a couple of hundred meters away.
There is a seasonal dog ban on the beach between Easter and October 1st. Out of season, from 1st October to Easter the beaches are dog friendly.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
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✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 105: Falmouth and Mevagissey, Truro and St Mawes
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: