Request A Local: Castle Beach, Falmouth, South Cornwall
by Pete Edgeler
Surrounded by green fields, beaches and the third largest natural harbour in the world, Falmouth is a place worth seeing.
See for a long weekend, a week or even monthly and it is a near guarantee you will not need to go home. But it’sn’t only the abundance of fascinating history or spectacular scene that keeps visits captivated it’s the tapestry of local culture and imagination that leaves folks spell bound.
I ‘ve yet to meet a visitor who has not commented on the hospitality and actual nature of the towns’ local individuals. Where you see you’re sure to meet with someone prepared to go that extra mile to make your visit special. Someone says hello, constantly smiles or stops to speak and there’s never any possibility of becoming lost because a ‘Falmouthion’ is constantly prepared to turn the correct manner rounds.
There are several beaches around Falmouth but if you need to spend time among the actual people of the town afterward Castle Beach is the first selection for visitors. Situated at the far end of the sea front and under the watchful attention of the 450 year old Pendennis Castle this changing shore is perfect for families, couples and solo travellers.
There’s a warning to be heeded here because the cannons are cleared weekly at the fortress which can be a little surprise. With a mixture of sand and stone pools that are nicely stocked you can while away your day observing the bay that is chaotic, as fishing boats, sail boats and ships continue about their company.
The depth of the bay means that there’s constantly an impressive collection of tankers and cruise liners anchored upward. Hardworking naval helicopters, ferryboats, coast guards and tugboats on exercise training are a regular and regular sight. Well shielded by its location nestled within the encircling sea wall and the headland it’s amazing how only several meters above on the footpath it can feel extremely choppy while the shore seems serene.
Although no lifeguards are in attendance it’s considered one of the safest beaches for swimmers. Size and the shores natural layout makes keeping an eye on the kids extremely simple giving that extra touch of independence to them. There’s always the chance of weaver fish stings and quite sometimes jellyfish so wearing beach shoes is consistently advocated.
In the proceedings you’re stuck the staff in the cafe will have the ability to help.
The shore is, in addition, the final resting place for a WWll German Uboat one of six that were grounded after breaking their moorings in 1921. The U Boat may be just a skeleton but it still entices as does the wealth of sea life to be found in the rockpools and beneath the sea divers and snorkelers to investigate it.
Diving teachers run consistently from the shore so if at any time you have saw finding the depths of the shoreline then this is your opportunity. The local Castle Beach Cafe is as much of an attraction as the shore itself. The cafe was purchased by the present owners three years past and they stay true to the welcoming service the previous owners had supplied while they’ve worked hard to create their own style in the company.
During the summer months they organise stone-pooling sessions, craft booths on the sundeck, face painting, choirs and various other entertainment. From fortress beach you’ll be able to walk along the seafront, onwards to the fortress and headland or back through Falmouth Resorts gardens back to town.!
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