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