Pendennis Castle – Falmouth

Explore one of Henry V111’s finest coastal fortresses…………..

Whilst in Cornwall another great day out is to visit Pendennis Castle, owned by the English Heritage and  which is an artillery fort constructed by Henry V111 between 1540 and 1542 as part of a nationwide upgrade of coastal defences and was enlarged during the Elizabethian period. At the end of the Civil War it endured a siege by parliamentary forces and remained in use until the end of WW11.  It protected against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire also defended the Carrick Roads waterway at the mouth of the River Fal.

In the 21st century, the castle is managed by English Heritage as a tourist attraction, receiving 74,230 visitors and is protected under UK law as a grade 1 listed building.

The heritage agency Historic England considers Pendennis to be one of the finest examples of a post-medieval defensive promontory fort in the country. The castle was built upon a peninsula jutting out into the Carrick Roads.

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A Place To Visit When In Cornwall – St Michael’s Mount

 

One day out you should plan for is to possibly go over to St. Michaels Mount, you can walk across the causeway, or cross over by boat.  St Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island in Mount’s Bay, Cornwall. The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man made causeway of granite setts, which is passable between mid-tide and low water.

The rocky island is crowned by medieval church and castle and is home to a living community.

 

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Back In St Mawes

Back to my beloved St Mawes in Cornwall. The weather is a little mixed but that never stops us from getting out and about and I am always surprised how quickly the weather can change here, one minute slightly misty and then all of a sudden the sun beams down on us all.

 

St Mawes is an ideal location from where to see many places in Cornwall easily and indeed today we are soon to be off by Ferry across to Falmouth which is a beautiful trip across the water just taking twenty minutes and always interesting to watch other boats and look for seals, wonder if we will be lucky today?

 

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