A winding network of intertwining creeks and river valleys is set amongst a landscape of steep-sided, twisting valleys. Low rocky cliffs and headlands shelter sandy beaches. There are many distinctive landmarks and subtle historic remains, including castles at St. Mawes and its counterpart at Pendennis Castle, as well as St. Anthony’s lighthouse.
The Fal Ria is larger than the Helford, and there is far more development with Falmouth being visible from many places. To the south there are large pastures and small woodlands, to the north the creeks become secluded with far more woodland and country estates, such as Trelissick and Tregothnan. On the Roseland, Iron Age fortifications exist at Dodman Point, Black Head and at Veryan. A Bronze Age barrow at Carn Beacon provides a local landmark. Here coastal heathland meet steep cliffs, with woodland concentrated in valleys. Narrow winding lanes and neat slate buildings give this area an intimate character.
The Cornwall AONB Unit
Floor 4A, Pydar House