Living on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall means that I don’t go over to the wild, north coast very often, so I was thrilled to meet up with some family in Port Gaverne. For those of you who don’t know, Port Gaverne is a small picturesque fishing village about a half-mile from Port Isaac, situated in a secluded cove.
It was a wild, windy day in Port Gaverne as we parked at the beach and grabbed our wellies and jackets. Four adults, four children and one springer spaniel set off along the slippery coastal path heading towards Tintagel. The coastline is rugged and the coastal path is right up on the edge of the cliffs, hence some amazing views out to sea. This particular day we only made it to Barretts Zawn a small inlet beach between Port Gaverne and Tregardock that was once associated with slate quarrying.
As the winds were so high and there was a distinct possibility of being swept off the cliffs we decided to head back to the Port Gaverne Hotel for some much needed lunch. We were given a warm welcome at this 17th century restored inn and tucked into ‘local crab salad’, ‘doombar battered haddock’ and ‘the pie of the week’.
After we had fortified ourselves with food we decided to walk up the hill in the opposite direction to Port Isaac for a dollop of ice cream. If you have never been to Port Isaac you are missing out! With narrow, cobbled, winding streets, old white washed cottages and traditional slate fronted houses, many of which are listed buildings this little village is a gem.
Its advisable to leave your car in the car park at the top of the hill as there is no chance of driving it through Squeezy Belly Alley, one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain at only 18 inches wide!
We had a wonderful time wandering down through the village, peering into the shops & galleries, which are a treasure trove of delights and finally stopping at the small harbour beach. During the summer months fishing and scenic trips can be taken from the harbour. After some exploring over the rocks in the harbour and licking the last of our ice creams, we said our ‘goodbyes’ and parted company.
I will definitely go back to Port Isaac, not only for the spectacular coastal path walks, the coves and beaches but because it is still majestic and unspoilt.
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