Day 9: Explore Falmouth & The Helford...

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Day 9: Explore Falmouth & The Helford...

Today perhaps spend the morning in Falmouth, the world’s third largest natural deep-water harbour. If ever a town were defined by the sea, Falmouth is…

As far back as 2,000 years ago merchants from Greece, Rome and Gaul visited the area we now know as the Carrick Roads. Pendennis Castle built by Henry VIII between 1540 and 1545 marked a major development in the area, as it sought to protect this important coastal inlet from the marauding French and Spanish fleets. However it wasn’t until 1661 that a Royal Charter was issued by Charles II, recognising the area we now know as Falmouth.

In 1688 Falmouth became the Royal Mail’s Packet Station for mail bound for Spain and the Mediterranean, before ultimately serving the West Indies and Americas. With this, shipping activity increased dramatically and, at one time, even London was outdone by Falmouth for tonnage.

From this platform Falmouth and its inhabitants spread into boat building/ repair, fishing and the general handling of arriving and departing vessels, aided no doubt by the arrival of the electric telegraph so that Skippers and their crew could ‘call into Falmouth for orders’. By the 1860s Falmouth had both docks and railway which brought new prosperity and, with the coming of rail, the beginning of the tourism trade…

With the help of your holiday information pack we can help you get under the skin of this interesting maritime town. We can arrange guided history walks which bring to life Falmouth’s rich and varied past, as well as independently pursued information you can follow at your own pace.

Naturally, in Falmouth and the surrounding area, we can arrange a full range of waterborne activities including coastal safaris focusing on marine wildlife, shipwrecks and castles. Let us know if you should like to get out on to the Carrick Roads and we will make it happen.

Depending on your preferences for the day, later perhaps, venture inland along the picturesque Helford River.

The River has a fascinating history having seen plenty of excitement in it’s time. In the Iron Age it was significant enough to defend with a cliff castle, the defences again being used during the English Civil War to protect the local tin trade. It then became a haven for pirates and smugglers in the 18th century trading in tobacco, lace and brandy which would later become inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s famous novel, Frenchman’s Creek. Fast forward to World War II and the river served as a base for secret agents and was an embarkation point for US troops destined for D-Day.

Today however, the river has a very tranquil atmosphere of wooded glades and bobbing yachts. We can give you routes for some of the best walks to really appreciate this calm, beautiful location or arrange boat hire to get out onto the water. Alternatively we can arrange an entertaining guided walk to bring the area further to life...

Naturally we will pass on our lunch and evening meal recommendations, making reservations for you as appropriate. We keep up to date on where’s best!

When booking your holiday with Classic Escapes discuss your leisure interests with your dedicated holiday organiser.


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