Thursday, 25 August 2011

East Coast of Cornwall

Monday was a beautiful day and we made the most of it visiting Mevagissey for the first time. It has many similarities with Padstow albeit on a smaller scale.

From Wikipedia : Mevagissey was named after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey (the "g" comes from hag, the Cornish word for "and"). Historically the main sources of income for the village were pilchard fishing and smuggling. Andrew Pears, the founder of Pears' Soap was born in the village in 1768. Mevagissey had a power station built in 1895, powered by pilchard oil, which provided electricity for the lighthouse and surrounding streets.:

Two views looking down into the harbour from Polkirk Hill on the south side of Mevagissey.

A little further along the road to Portmellon and a view out to Chapel Point.

I was then persuaded (thankfully) to go on a boat trip out to Chapel Point.

There is still a mix of working and pleasure boats in the harbour.

Our boat.

We the drove a few miles down the coast to Gorran Haven. We ignored the crowded beach and instead followed the coastal path south.

Maenease Point.

Vault Beach - much quieter and sufficiently warm for a paddle - well almost..

A final view from the coastal path on the way back to Gorran Haven.

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