Port Gaverne in North Cornwall
Port Gaverne is a sheltered inlet which affords the visitor rock pools and
caves, cliff walks and magnificent views and a gently sloping small sandy
beach at low tide that becomes an excellent diving beach at high tide. Port
Gaverne consists of mainly holiday homes, but a few residents still remain.
There is a lovely inn just off of the beach, and watching the sea and the
sunsets with a pint, cannot be beaten.
Port Gaverne originally developed has a slate, limestone and coal port and
in the 19th century included shipbuilding has a commercial activity. Grey
slate from Delabole quarry was loaded here into very heavy sailing sea
ketches which were too wide for Port Isaac but could rest on the beach,
between tides with ease at Port Gaverne. Nowadays the Port is a lot
quieter regards industry but still well visited by the locals and the tourists.
The fish Cellars now house the public conveniences and the enclosed yard
is private, so look from outside the arch, and you will be fine. There is very
limited parking space but just up the hill towards Port Isaac is a large car
park that overlooks Port Gaverne and is a short walk either way into the
heart of both Ports.
If you are looking for something different. An excursion by boat to view the
coast from another perspective is something I highly recommend. You will
get to see some amazing sights and sites.
The beach has no life guard but is safe enough if you pay attention. There
is the possibility of small craft coming and going from the beach at certain
times and Port Gaverne is used to launch boats by locals and visitors alike.
The television series Doc Martin has been filmed at this location and many
others including Port Isaac, Trevalga and Davidstow to name a few.
Webmasters note: If you walk north along the coast path for a couple of
miles you will come across a secluded cove and further still an extremely
secluded cove that is best visited by boat. This cove is called Barret Zawn.
At one time you could access the beach at Barret Zawn via a 250ft long
tunnel, but the last time I was there the cliff had subsided and I had to
crawl through the gap on my belly to reach the beach. I now tend to use
my surf ski to reach this cove.
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