Explore St Mary’s from your base in one of the town’s heritage or bed and breakfast accommodation houses (or alternatively, try free camping, bring your caravan or spend a few days in an eco lodge) and take some time to discover the town and the local area. Start your exploration on foot—take the easy walk to Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall. For a more challenging walk, climb to South Sister’s summit or ascend rugged St Patrick’s Head for a 360° perspective of the valley and coast.
Back in town, lose time in St Mary’s cafes, shops and galleries, including the wonderfully eccentric Cranks and Tinkerers museum, and don’t miss the unique Purple Possum Cafe and Wholefoods store. You can also drive to nearby Cornwall to experience the Coalminers’ Heritage Wall and Heritage Walk, or cross the range on convict-built St Mary’s Pass for the 20-minute drive to Falmouth and its glistening white beach.