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Water-lovers will fall for Mylor's charms

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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Mylor lies between Truro and Falmouth in the south of Cornwall. On a pretty headland, it's a yachtsman's dream, surrounded by the safe waters of the Fal Estuary on three sides.

The main community here is the thriving village of Mylor Bridge, which has a fishmonger, hairdressers, primary school and attractive pub, The Lemon Arms. Elsewhere on the Mylor peninsula, there is a smaller village called Mylor Churchtown, down by the harbour.

Mylor Harbour was originally the most westerly naval dockyard in the UK. It was a victualling station, where ships took on food and stores and, more recently, was home to Royal Navy training ship HMS Ganges for many years.

Mylor Harbour is home to the UK's last fleet of non-motorised oyster fishing boats. These operate under sail, gathering oysters in the protected waters of the estuary.

Mylor is a haven for water-lovers of all types, whether crabbing with children off a pontoon, cruising local waters or racing further offshore.

2011 saw the opening of the brand new Mylor Yacht Club building, which cost more than £1 million. The harbour now has plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. The revamped marina has spaces for 400 boats and was the training camp for the GB Paralympic sailing team in 2012.

Mylor is bounded by Restronguet Creek to the north, where some of the most expensive properties are to be found along the water's edge. Often these come with their own boathouses, and slipways and price tags of £1 million or more.

In Mylor Bridge, homes tend to be more affordable, with traditional terraced cottages and smaller bungalows changing hands for around £250,000.

The name Mylor is thought to come from the Breton Saint Melor. During the church restoration here in the late-19th century, a granite flying buttress was discovered to be a 17ft granite cross, believed to be from St Mylor's grave.

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