Ask A Local: Castle Beach, Falmouth, South Cornwall

Surrounded by beaches, green fields and the third largest natural harbour in the world Falmouth is a place worth visiting. Visit for a long weekend, a week or even a month and it’s a near certainty that you will not want to go home. But it isn’t just the wealth of fascinating history or stunning scenery that keeps visits captivated it is the tapestry of local culture and creativity that leaves people spell bound.

I have yet to meet a visitor who hasn’t commented on the hospitality and genuine nature of the towns’ local people.  Where ever you visit you are certain to meet someone prepared to go that extra mile to make your visit special. Someone always smiles, says hello or stops to talk and there is never any chance of getting lost because a ‘Falmouthion’ is always ready to turn the map round the right way.

There are several beaches around Falmouth but if you want to spend time among the real people of the town then Castle Beach is the first choice for visitors.  Situated at the far end of the sea front and under the watchful eye of the 450 year old Pendennis Castle this ever changing beach is perfect for solo travellers, couples and families. There is a warning to be heeded here because the cannons are cleared weekly at the castle which can be a bit of a surprise.

With a mixture of sand and well stocked rock pools you can while away your day watching the busy bay, as ships, sail boats and fishing boats continue about their business. The depth of the bay means that there is always an impressive array of tankers and cruise liners anchored up. Hardworking tugs, ferryboats, coast guards and naval helicopters on drill practice are a frequent and usual sight.

Well protected by its position nestled within the headland and the surrounding sea wall it is amazing how just a few meters above on the footpath it can feel really choppy while the beach appears calm. Although no lifeguards are in attendance it is considered one of the safest beaches for swimmers. The beaches natural layout and size makes keeping an eye on the children really easy giving them that extra bit of freedom. There is always the possibility of weaver fish stings and very occasionally jellyfish so wearing beach shoes is always recommended. In the event you are stung the staff in the cafe will be able to help.

The beach is also the final resting place for a WWll German U-Boat one of six that were grounded after breaking their moorings in 1921. The U-Boat may now be scarcely a skeleton but it still entices divers and snorkelers to explore it as does the abundance of sea life to be found in the rockpools and beneath the sea. Diving instructors operate regularly from the beach so if you have ever fancied discovering the depths of the coastline then this is your chance.

The local Castle Beach Cafe is as much of an attraction as the beach itself.  The current owners bought the cafe three years ago and while they have worked hard to establish their own personality in the business they remain loyal to the welcoming service the previous owners had provided. During the summer months they organise rock-pooling sessions, craft stalls on the sundeck, face-painting, choirs and a variety of other entertainment.

From castle beach you can walk back along the seafront, onwards to the castle and headland or back through Falmouth Hotels gardens to the town.

Comments

  1. What a lovely little piece on a lovely little piece…of Falmouth!!!
    I’ve always felt Castle Beach to be THE family beach of the town…and that is by no means any insult to the other shorelines of the area. Each one has their own particular identity and each one their own variety of patronage.

    There just always seems there’s something different to do on ‘Cassie’ (as I call it).
    If its warm you can just relax on the promenade with a coffee and think of life on the ever-lapping ocean wave… And if its just too hot for coffee, then by no means the ever friendly staff of the Castle Beach Cafe will point you in the direction of an ice cream or lolly while you hit the sand for a tan-up!!!

    But for me, it’s not just ‘the usual suspects’ of beach life that sets Cassie apart.
    If you’re keen on the Natural World then even on the murkier days there’s always a sight to be seen on Castle Beach.

    The Little Egret is a frequent visitor to the rockpools and, if the wind is right, you can usually get close enough to wonder at its beautiful white plumage…and funny ‘clown feet’!!!
    The Grey Heron can oft be seen too…although generally being chased off once the bully boys of the skies, the Herring Gulls, get their target.

    On the darker days, when the clouds give it cause to think its safer, you may spot a Seal come close into shore as it looks for food…although I swear the seal is usually just ‘Human Spotting’ such seems to be their nosey gaze…

    My own particular favourites can usually be seen just a couple of stone throws out into the bay… The Hunting Birds of Falmouth Bay.

    The Common (and sometimes Sandwich)Terns can be seen almost every day just off shore. There screeching can be quite distinguished but their prowess in the dive as they search for food is pretty amazing…but even they take second place to the mighty Gannet just further out. Seeing them circle the waves then going into a flat-out, missile-like dive into the depths is just awe-inspiring. And the heights from which they first spot their next meal is enough to make you question your status as the apex species in this natural world…

    The sea birds aren’t the only hunters off Cassie beach either… Quite often you will spy a Kestrel going about it’s business along the Sea-Front itself. You’ll never cease to marvel at the stillness of it’s head as the coast winds buffet the rest of its body, such is its intent on a tasty vole. Nature at it’s most honed.

    And lastly, there’s always a chance, albeit you’ll need a little luck…of catching a glimpse of every nature lover’s holy grail…a wild dolphin (or twenty!!!) swimming freely in the Bay. Spectacular…

    Castle Beach eh??? Its what Summer’s all about.

    1. Spoken by a true Falmothion. Reading all of this wonderful reply I imagined every beautiful moment I have ever spent on this beach. I spend ages watching my children play on this beach. Each time I think, ‘you know they are so lucky to live here and with any luck they will see all these things as they grow up just as I did.’ Wonderful days and wonderful memories ay bird?

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    1. It is a lovely beach! I am heading that way right now 🙂

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