On the opposite side of the Fal Estuary from Truro and Falmouth, the Roseland Peninsula gets its name not from flowers, but from the Cornish word ros, meaning promontory. Greener and gentler than the harsh granite cliffs of the north coast, it's a pastoral place, criss-crossed by hedgerows and quiet lanes, and spotted with quiet villages and fine sandy bays.
The main town on the peninsula is the harbour of St Mawes, a heart-meltingly pretty spot, with a curve of whitewashed cottages leading up to a clover-leaf Tudor castle. Once a fishing port, it's now one of Cornwall's most cosmopolitan and chi-chi hideaways, with a smattering of posh hotels. Things are a lot more rustic along the coast in villages like Portscatho, Portloe and Veryan.