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Local Area

This enchanting area needs little description to most. Its reputation as the ideal place to retire says it all.

The south coast of Cornwall is sheltered and therefore the sea is usually much calmer than the north coast where Atlantic rollers crash onto the beaches and surfers congregate. As a county Cornwall has those wonderful rugged coasts mixed with natural harbours and truly quaint scenic towns that distinguish it from any other region of England. If Devon has the more scenic inland areas Cornwall scores by its coastline – but with one major difference. This part of Cornwall is relatively close to Devon and the inland scenery here is every bit as good. And once on the Cornish coastal path you will discover many unexpected delights within a matter of just a few miles, lovely scenes, secret coves, caves, hidden beaches and more besides.

Two or three rivers enter the estuary area and swell it into what resembles a large lake for a mile or so before it passes through a narrow neck (immediately below the apartment) and then widens out again into the sea. The whole area is full of yachts, fishing vessels and the occasional small cruise ship. The tall ships race has entered the protected waters of the estuary as did famous sea-faring captains in the past such as Cook and Drake and many more.

In fact the area is full of history. The tower opposite sits at one end of a chain which was raised once the English fleet had obtained shelter, and before the pursuing French or Spanish fleet could follow them in. Once stranded against the chain they faced cannons rained down on them from St Catherine’s point - which also housed defences in the major wars and which can be visited at very close range. In fact it makes the perfect viewing spot to watch the antics of any seals or dolphins that are encouraged in to fish the river or take refuge from rough seas. From the top of St Catherine’s point you can see the entire estuary spread out before you in one direction and the sea in the other, and this is the starting point from which you can continue on the Cornish coastal path in the direction of the old fashioned lighthouse building still standing at St Gribbon’s Head. And from the other side of the estuary you head off in the direction of the beautiful Lantic bay and on to Polperro if you have the energy and inclination. But sit first on the base of another lighthouse above Polruan (since shamefully removed to save maintenance costs). You will find a wooden seat in a sheltered spot from which you can enjoy the tranquillity and see in every direction.

During the popular Hall walk you will come across a plaque left as a memorial to the fisherman who was killed by a stray shot from a musket intended for King Charles as he sat on horseback studying the harbour and his fleet at seaward end. And the names of infamous pirates and others abound to add to the fascination of the area.