Dolphin in the Dock

Whenever we have previously visited Falmouth we would park the car on the Quay side car park or use the Park and Ride/Float service. The Quay side parking was out of bounds due to a 2.3mtr height restriction (we are 2.5mtrs high).

To experience something different on this visit I decide to park up in St Mawes and catch the passenger ferry from there across the bay to Custom quay in Falmouth. The cost is about the same as driving to Falmouth and parking, but you get a 20 minute boat trip included.

mawes ferry

The trip across is fascinating as you enter one of Cornwall’s main ports. It was so different seeing Falmouth from the sea with its large ships in the dock. We disembarked at Custom Quay located beside the Maritime Museum.




We had decided to have breakfast in Falmouth and I wanted a full English.

A short walk up from Quayside into Arwenack street and we found a small café called “Earth & Sea” at No 28. The breakfast here was superb, made with quality food, particularly the homemade Lincolnshire sausage. The excellent service and atmosphere make it a must visit.

I broke the extreme knitter’s favourite bowl yesterday and I looked around various shops looking for a suitable replacement. Alas nothing yet, but I’ll keep looking.

Falmouth is an easy going town with lots to see as you wander around. After the breakfast we didn’t need lunch, so just had a coffee & cake.

At about three in the afternoon we headed back to the ferry. The ferry had just come back in and there were people on the dock looking at a nearby boat that had just arrived. Then we saw it. A dolphin was swimming around the moored boats. The ferry skipper slowly sailed over to the other boats and stopped so that we could see this solitary male dolphin. It’s always a privilege to see these creatures at close quarters.


I have yet to take a good photo of a Dolphin, but these show bits of dolphin, fins & top of the head.



The sail back was choppy and invigorating.

Back at St Mawes the ferry docked and we staggered up the quay side steps as we regained our land legs.

At the campsite the E/K prepared a salad with ham and Cornish Yarg cheese. The cheese is totally wrapped in stinging nettles to mature. The technic was invented by a man called Gray, hence it’s called Yarg being Gray spelt backwards.



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