Town Trail: Porthleven

There has been a settlement here for thousands of years and by the 1600s Porthleven was a small hamlet populated by fishermen and miners. The harbour was built in the early 1800s and little has altered since then. There are many harbourside restaurants, art galleries and shops. The turquoise waters attract many visitors and the…

Porthleven Harbour

A bright and sunny day with fabulous cumulus clouds took us to Porthleven because a) we became stuck in a traffic jam heading to Lizard Point and b) the car park at Poldhu Cove was totally full. Although the village was busy there was still plenty of room outside along the harbour for lunch at…

Christmas Harbour Lights

And before the festive season is over I bring you the Christmas Harbour lights of Mousehole. And did anyone spot the champagne being poured?

Harbour life

On Wednesday my middle and youngest son were down in Cornwall along with d-i-l and youngest granddaughter. After a couple of hours larking around on the beach near Godrevy lighthouse we set off for Mousehole on the opposite side of the peninsula to view the fabulous harbour Christmas lights. Being a little early we headed for…

Smeaton’s Pier

Every time I head in to St Ives I cannot get over the colours of the water there. This day I managed to time it right so that the tide was in the harbour and the boats were afloat. I wanted to stroll along the pier as it has been a long time since I did…

But when it is a blue sky day…

I don’t think I will ever tire of this view. The colours of Cornwall evident in the harbour and island. White cottages, orange lichen on the roofs, pale golden sand, and layers and layers of blues. Where the turquoise water invites you to take off your shoes and dip your toes into the sea as the…

It’s not always a blue sky day…

Rainy days, dark clouds and westerlies blow over the Penwith Peninsula fairly frequently, but that doesn’t mean it is not a pleasure to watch the white caps on the Celtic Sea away from the sheltered arms of the harbour.

What are the Cornish boys to do?

Well Cornish lads are fishermen, and Cornish lads are miners too, but when the fish and tin are gone, what are the Cornish boys to do? ~ Roger Bryant, traditional Cornish songwriter I have published quite a few posts about the miners of Cornwall so here is a view of the fishing industry at Newlyn. A…