Mevagissey Gorran Haven Coast Guide
Mevagissey is a small fishing village and resort tucked away in south Cornwall, around three miles from St Austell. Small cob and slate cottages line the twisting streets that lead down to the twin harbours which are the focus of the town. Local fishing boats line the inner harbour and visiting boats can moor in the outer harbour if booked in advance.
Mevagissey has been a busy pilchard fishing port since the 15th century when the first pier was built. The harbour was extended to its present size in the 19th century and it has been washed away several times and then rebuilt to its present size. Today the local fleet still fish in Mevagissey Bay and there is a thriving sports fishing business - trips are run to fish for mackerel and sharks in deeper waters.
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Within the town you will find bistros and cafes, traditional pubs, craft and art galleries lining the twisting, narrow streets. There is a famous model railway museum and a small aquarium on the quayside.
There is a good beach to the north of the town - this is Polstreath Beach which is sandy and popular with families. Further north towards St. Austell is Pentewan Beach which is also sandy and is part of the campsite but it is open to the public - parking can be tricky at high season. There is a further beach at the near by village of Portmellon. It is easy to access the cliffs surrounding Mevagissey as the South West Coast Path runs along here - go south to reach Dodman Point, where towering 400 foot cliffs offer spectacular views over Veryan Bay and the coast to Falmouth.
To the south of Mevagissey is Gorran Haven which is a tiny village and haven for boats. There is an excellent beach directly in front of the village that is very popular with families. There is a second sandy beach to the south of the village. Further south is located Caerhays Castle, beach and gardens - a sandy beach - Porthluney Cove, a beach cafe and stunning gardens are all worth visiting - there is good parking available.
Places to visit from Mevagissey
Mevagissey Tourist Information Centre - St Georges Square, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26. 6UB. Telephone/Fax. 0870 443 2928
Lost Gardens of Heligan - for details visit: Heligan