King Harry Ferry


The King Harry Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry which crosses the Carrick Roads, established in 1888 and connects St.Mawes and The Rosalind Peninsular with Feock, Truro and Falmouth, avoiding the alternative 27 mile route through Truro and Tresillian. It Carries 300,000 cars every year! and is one of only five chain ferries in England, departing every twenty minutes from each side and runs seven days a week.

Once on board you can step out of your car and enjoy the most magnificient views across one of Cornwall’s deepest and most beautiful rivers – the Fal River.

I travel to St Mawes at least twice a year and for me one of the best moments is the start of my holiday across this Ferry, even just waiting for it to arrive you can soak in the beauty and calmness around you.


The Ferry’s 270m long chains are amazingly strong but with up to 80 crossings a day, seven days a week the chains have to replaced regularly due to wear and tear!



A lovely old view of the old ferry (I wonder who could age this) ? The current ferry has been in use for ten years and has travelled over 54,000 miles. for more information.








Lighthouses – Did You Know?


Earliest aids to navigation were beacons sited near harbours or ports rather than on headlands or reefs to help ships reach their destination. Sea faring families would sometimes show lights from dwellings helping their own boats to arrive home safely.


Constructing lighthouses was a difficult and dangerous task, with engineers using considerable skills. Following construction of the lighthouse, adequate lighting apparatus  to display a continuous uninterrupted light. Just imagine coal, candles, wood, oil and paraffin before electricity.


Whitby harbour in Yorkshire has four lights at it’s entrance (not all operational). In November 1998 the last manned lighthouse at North Foreland was automated ending a tradition that went back more than four centuries.




Ogmore-By-Sea is a seaside village in St Brides Major in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. It is a popular beach for visitors along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast due to its expansive golden sands which has rock pools to delight all.

Ogmore beach is very impressive and seems to stretch out forever! Also on the Glamorgan Coastal path ideal for those walkers amongst us.



Which Is Your Favourite Beach?

With so many beaches to explore and enjoy from the Southern coasts of England to the most Northern in Scotland and many in-between, which is your favourite?

It obviously depends on where you live and how far you are wanting to travel to a beach whether it be just for the day, a few days break or even a two week holiday.

Here is a list, and by no means all! of some you may have visited or are thinking about.

  • Gower Coast with it’s beautiful beaches such as Rhossili,
  • Porthcuno, Watergate Bay, Newquay In Cornwall
  • Fistral Beach, Newquay
  • Porthminster St Ives
  • Scolt Head in Norfolk
  • Wells/Holkham in Norfolk
  • Taunton Sands in North Devon
  • Blackpool Sands South West Of Dartmouth
  • Studland Bay in Dorset
  • Compton Bay in the Isle of Wight
  • West Wittering Sussex
  • Walberswick in Suffolk
  • Luskentyre – Isle of Harris
  • Weymouth Beach
  • Woolacombe
  • Bournemouth Beach

So which is your favourite, I would love to hear from you and be able to share with others too.cropped-img_25871.jpg