Falmouth – Near and Far

Exploring England #7

Even with our GPS, it wasn’t easy to find our Airbnb home in Falmouth. The narrow road, winding and lined on both sides with parked cars, climbed a seemingly endless hill. Eventually we found the correct address, and then we had to go even higher – our flat was on the fourth floor.

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We were beginning to wonder if it would be worth all the effort, until we walked into the living room. Perched high above Frobisher Terrace the flat, with its two large picture windows, overlooked the waters of Carrick Roads and the village of Flushing on the other side. We had the best view in town!

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Every day it was different. Early in the morning, the glow of the rising sun made a pathway between the tiny boats anchored offshore. One day, ocean mist shrouded everything in a veil of white. At night, the reflected lights of the port glistened on the water.

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Our location wasn’t just amazing because of the view. A ten minute walk down Beacon Street took us to the oldest part of town, where the street names and shop faΓ§ades gave us clues to their history.

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At each bend in the road the street name changed. High Street became Market Street and then Church Street. On the corner here, the Church of King Charles the Martyr pays homage to Falmouth’s history as a Royalist town during the English Civil War.

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Narrow alleys between the shops, unchanged over the centuries, led down to the piers and the harbour.

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At the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, we explored a Viking boat-building yard, listened to the stories of passengers aboard the packet ships of the 19th century and raced in a purpose built dinghy in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Leaving the boats of the Maritime Museum, we continued along Bar Terrace past prettily coloured homes, all with that same wonderful view of the ocean.

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An uphill walk along Castle Drive and Castle Close led to King Henry VIII’s fortress, Pendennis Castle. Along with St Mawes Castle across the estuary, Pendennis was one of a line of coastal fortresses and remained in use from Tudor times to the end of the second World War.

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Like Henry’s soldiers who kept watch on the castle walls, we had 360Β° views. We saw Falmouth and its beautiful waterways from yet another perspective. We could even make out, far in the distance, our own private vantage point at the top of Frobisher Street.

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50 thoughts on “Falmouth – Near and Far

  1. Never been to Falmouth, Carol. It looks wonderfully old fashioned. The best bit, though, is the view from that window. Priceless! Many thanks for the link. πŸ™‚
    All set for Christmas? Love to the clan.

    • Jo, Falmouth was such a pretty place and we loved our Airbnb flat.
      The clan has dwindled somewhat this year. Melissa is in the Rockies in Canada; her snow photos are stunning. Lauren is holidaying in Europe with a friend and will be in Prague for Christmas. Mr ET is working Christmas morning – the joys of working for emergency services. But we are having Christmas afternoon and dinner here with my parents, sister and her two sons. How about you?

  2. I obviously must make another visit to Falmouth. It looks very interesting. I bet it was a bit rough back in the day though! We actually looked at a few houses across the waters there, not Flushing as they have only very small houses in our price range, but Mylor Bridge just around the other side. Wonderful restaurant at Mylor marina too. You must be very fit Carol – there are some steep hills in Falmouth!

  3. Looks like every inhabitant has their own boat! I wonder what it was like a few hundred years ago, maybe a bustling port. Was their still evidence of a fishing industry?

    • There were so many boats on the water and in the marina as well. It would have been a very busy port in the past when the packet ships were based in Falmouth. The Royal Mail for the whole world came and went out of there. I don’t recall seeing fishing boats. We did see Rick Stein’s fish restaurant and had every intention of eating there but we just didn’t make it. Next time…

  4. Goodness, fancy all the world’s mail going through one place today! Mr Stein’s restaurant would probably have been overpriced anyway. Sitting on the quay eating a bag of fish and chips from the local chippie would have been just as much fun, I’m sure! How do you like English chips? Any different to Australian? They are undoubtedly inferior to Belgian frites!

    • Actually, you might be surprised to learn that the restaurant prices were much the same as anywhere else. We were pleasantly surprised and intended to go back. We just ran out of time – too busy exploring. I think English chips are similar to Australian ones and I agree with you. Belgian frites are definitely the best.

    • Glad you enjoyed this post. The Maritime Museum was very interesting, especially the Viking exhibition. It was difficult to get good photos of the Viking boats because the lighting was dim. There were many Viking artifacts so the lights were down to protect them.

    • Ha Judy! You got it right. I always do the research and select four or five Airbnb places I like and then I send the links to Mr ET. He checks their location on Google maps and then we decide. We could see this gorgeous view in the photos for the place but it was still a spectacular surprise.

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  6. Reminds me of the first time I visited Falmouth πŸ™‚ I thought – I could live here. Luckily now I do. Glad you enjoyed it too. Those hills/steps don’t get any easier tho, but it’s always worth it.

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