Narrow rocky cove with a sandy beach
A hamlet on the north coast, about half a mile from Port Isaac. Although technically an independent hamlet, many people consider it as part of the larger village of Port Isaac. Port Gaverne is very small and is home to only four businesses, two hotels, a camping site, and a small beach shop.
Developed in the 19th century as a slate, coal, limestone handling port where shipbuilding also took place - the large buildings have all been converted into holiday accommodation. At low tide there is small, sheltered, sandy beach with an abundance of rock pools which is probably the safest beach in North Cornwall for small children.
Slate from Delabole quarry was loaded here into the heavy sailing sea ketches which were broad enough to rest upright on the beach between tides. With the arrival of the railway to the quarry in 1893, Port Gaverne began to decline as a trading port. This is now a peaceful spot with little commercialisation.
The Port Gaverne Hotel, 17th century restored inn, is only a few yards from the sea in this sheltered cove and has two cosy bars.
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Longcross Victorian Gardens The Coastal Footpath