Port Gaverne is a small sand and shingle beach nestling in an inlet in the cliffs on the north Cornwall coast just about half a mile to the east of Port Isaac.
Northwest facing, the beach is sheltered to the northeast by Main Head and is often frequented by seals.
Apart from the obvious attraction of Port Isaac with its shops, restaurants and cafés the area is popular with serious coast path walkers who enjoy the challenges of the undulating terrain west around Lobber Point and Varley Head or east above Cartway Cove and around Tresungers Point.
Port Gaverne was a former port exporting slate from the nearby Delabole Quarry, with the coming of the railways however, the rock was easier to move by rail than by sea and Port Gaverne lost the majority of its trade. Today it is little more than a curiosity for visitors to nearby Port Isaac. The sixteen room Port Gaverne Hotel, a restored a 17th-century Inn stands behind the beach.
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OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: