The ancient Church of St Mawnan is on the headland where the Helford river meets the sea. It is accessible from the South West Coast Path and attracts many walkers and other visitors. Mawnan is probably named after a sixth century Saint Maunanus. Little is known about him, but probably he was a Breton monk who landed here about 520 AD. The site of this church was already sacred since it is built within the confines of an ancient earthwork, which was still in an excellent state of preservation when the churchyard was enlarged in 1920. It is the situation of this church that is one of its most outstanding attractions. Situated high above mouth of the Helford River, it is a navigational aid to vessels entering the river. The lych gate, in which is a granite coffin rest, was built in 1881. The Cornish inscription from the Life Of Meryasek on the northern face may be translated as “It is good for me to draw nigh unto God.”
St Mawnan open to visitors and for private prayer on most days. To enquire about a particular date or time phone 07919 186307
We are at the very end of Church Road, Mawnan, Falmouth, TR11 5HY
Parking is available for Church users. Other visitors to the area are welcome to park their cars for a £2 donation, but we cannot guarantee that spaces will be available.
Please note: the car park is closed to visitors during services and events, including weddings and funerals which may not be listed on this site.
Our postal address is: The Parish Office c/o St Michael’s Church, Carwinion Road, Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JG.