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Port Isaac

Port Isaac beach, Cornwall

Port Isaac lies on the north coast of Cornwall about five miles northeast of Padstow. The north facing beach is a mixture of sand, mud and pebbles, protected by the piers of the harbour. It offers an escape from the busy streets in the height of summer. There is no lifeguard cover here and the beach is still a working beach. To the west the beach becomes more rocky and is often strewn with seaweed.

The fishing village is popular with visitors due to its picturesque setting and the inclusion of the port in several recent films and television serials such as Poldark, between 1975 and 1977. More recently it doubles as 'Port Wenn' in the ITV series 'Doc Martin' and was used for the setting of Rosamunde Pilcher's 'The Shell Seekers' in 2005. It is also home to the sea shanty group 'The Fisherman's Friends'.

The meaning of the Cornish name 'Porthysek' is "corn port", indicating a trade in corn from the arable inland district.

There are two large car parks on the outskirts of the village, and temporary parking in the harbour as long as the tides permit!!. All the usual facilities are to be found in the village.


 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible


OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Wadebridge, Port Isaac, Polzeath and Camelford.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowSt Columb Major





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowPort Isaac





Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Wadebridge, Padstow, Bodmin Moor and Liskeard.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowBig Dunk's Laser Tag Games

	arrowDelabole Slate Quarry


	arrowRegal Cinema, Wadebridge


	arrowPadstow Museum

	arrowThe Little Theatre, Padstow

	arrowPrideaux Place

	arrowCornish Birds of Prey


	arrowTintagel Old Post Office

	arrowTintagel Castle




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