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St Anthony Head

Age group: 12+

Location: SOUTH Cornwall

 

Contact: nr St Mawes, TR2

TEL: 01872 580553

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St Anthony Head lies at the southernmost tip of the Roseland Peninsula, not far from St Mawes, guarding the entrance to what is one of the world's greatest natural harbours - Carrick Roads.

 

Managed by the National Trust, there are great walks to be had in the area. Not too far from the carpark is also the Trinity lighthouse (tis a good spot for a piccy me ansum's).

 

St Anthony Lighthouse was built in 1834 to warn ships of the hazardous Manacles rocks. The Manacles are actually a popular spot for diving now, ironically due to the amount shipwrecks around them. From here you can now enjoy the far-reaching views of Carrick Roads, Pendennis Castle and across to Falmouth from this prominent landmark.

 

St Anthony Head was always of strategic importance due to the depth of Carrick Roads. It has had a gun battery from around the early 19th century until 1957. By the entrance to the car park you'll see a small house - this actually used to be the fort's guard room. There also used to be an artillery workshop and gun emplacements too. Hint: You can use the toposcope nearby to identify the surrounding landscape features.

 

A working battery is mostly underground, and below the gun emplacements a door leads down to the magazine - the storage place for amunition. You'll also see the restored Battery Observation Post, built during the Second World War to help identify any enemy ships.

 

Nearby is St Mawes Castle.

 

Note: although you are free to visit and walk the area at anytime, St Anthony Head battery itself is open only once a year my bewties.

St Mawes 8 miles, King Harry Ferry 8 miles, Falmouth 27 miles