Walking the SW Coast Path - Port Isaac to Port Gaverne - 1 mile
This part of walking the coast path was more of a leisurely stroll than a proper hike but it's part of the official South West Coast Path so it still counts. I didn't want to push myself too far after my previous walk. You can read all about my previous walk here.
I love walking between these two villages. I love both of them equally for different reasons. Port Gaverne took a larger piece of my heart after visiting there on a very hot summer's day in June last year. I spent many blissful hours swimming and floating in the sea there and I loved it. It is my goal to kayak there one day. That was one of my other goals for this year but to do that I needed to improve my swimming. I'd started going swimming every week on my day off but it became very apparent that I needed some lessons to help me improve further. Then Covid hit so those plans have sadly been put on hold. Hopefully next year!
I started my walk from my little cottage on Fore Street. I booked Homestead with John Bray Cornish Holidays. It was a perfectly bijou fisherman's cottage and in such a great location for enjoying both of these villages. I walked up Fore Street and joined the coast path walking around the headland heading towards the car park at the top of the village. The views from here never get old.
Once you've walked through the bottom of the car park, you get to the road and turn left to follow the road down the steep hill into the hamlet of Port Gaverne. This beautiful little cove has the perfect beach for rock pooling at low tide and it's a great place to explore. There are plenty of viewing points on the hill to stop and admire its rugged good looks. Even on a grey day, it's stunning to look at.
Dottie and I spent a long time exploring the rock pools and she loved splashing through them and being a mountain goat. She's a nervous dog but she loves exploring and is super nosy. She has to look out of windows, over walls and climb over rocks to explore. I could never walk her off lead along the cliffs as she would be off!
After an explore on the beach we headed out onto the headland. When the tide is out, there are steps up from the beach but at high tide there are some steps up the hill from the road. You get amazing views from here of Port Isaac Bay right around to Tintagel and up to Port Isaac. It's the perfect spot for watching the crashing waves.
After our explore here, we headed back up the hill to Port Isaac. Port Isaac is my favourite village in Cornwall and I stay here every year. It has so much character and many pretty buildings, the harbour, the boats, the views. I just love everything about it. It always feels like home and it was so much fun getting to stay right in the hub of the village in my teeny cottage.
I hope that you have enjoyed your tour around Port Isaac and Port Gaverne. I will write a more in depth blog about Port Isaac in the near future. The next walk blog is the big one and the hardest walk out of the entire challenge. Can anyone guess which one that would be? If you want to have a guess, you can leave a comment below!