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Port Gaverne is situated about half a mile east of Port Isaac, though is certainly less well know than its famous neighbour. It does have one attraction which Port Isaac doesn’t possess and that is a decent beach. So the next time you visit Port Isaac, why not make the effort to stroll own to Port Gaverne, you won’t be disappointed.
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This is Port Quin, situated a little to the north-east of Port Isaac. Originally a fishing village, in 1698 the whole fleet was wiped out in a great storm, leaving the village bereft of its menfolk. Eventually the village became deserted but in recent times it has been taken over by The National Trust, who have restored the old buildings including this cottage. The cottage enjoys an enviable position overlooking the head of the inlet and can be rented from the Trust as a holiday let.
Port Quin on the North Cornish coast is situated a little to the west of Port Isaac. The village was once a thriving fishing community but one night in 1698 a storm wiped out the entire fishing fleet and none of the fishermen returned alive, leaving 24 widows. They and their families moved to Port Isaac leaving the village deserted. In recent times the village was acquired by The National Trust who carried out renovations to the properties and now let them as holiday accommodation. The coastal footpath passes through the village and this image was made on the path leading towards Polzeath.
I positioned my tripod just below the path so that the grasses hold the foreground interest, but ensured that I had a view of Kellan Head off in the distance. Kellan Head is very distinctive in that the coastal path is bounded on one side by an unbroken wooden fence. This is relatively new so the wood is still quite light in colour, but I suppose after the passage of a little more time this will weather to a grey colour. I was blessed with a superb sky with some high cirrus clouds, the late evening sun, about an hour before sunset was providing me with some lovely warm light, low and to the left which has helped provide tecture to the grasses and headland. The pink flowers you can see at bottom right are Red Campion. Whenever I look at this image, or indeed any of the others I took that day I remember exactly what I felt at the time and I suppose that’s what photographs are – slices of memory, forever frozen in time.
This is a view of the harbour at Port Isaac from the coastal footpath. To get to this location you walk up the path from the south side of the harbour past ‘Doc Martins’ house until you get to this gate. There are another set of steps which will take you higher above Port Isaac and if you want a really challenging walk you could walk the three or so miles to Port Quin. But I wasn’t going to do that on this day, instead I restricted my shoot to this location. I took a number of images from here and this has probably been the most successful. Port Isaac is a very popular holiday destination, particularly in the wake of the ‘Doc Martin’ TV series when the village was on view every week but for the series it was renamed as Port Wenn.