Padstow

Originally named Petroc-stow, Petroc-stowe, or ‘Petrock’s Place‘, after the Welsh missionary Saint Petroc, who landed at Trebetherick around AD500, Padstow (dubbed as Padstein on account of the number of establishments owned by the Stein family) is a quaint fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall at the head of the Camel estuary.  In the 16th and 17th centuries Padstow expanded…

Cornish favourites: Cornish Harbours

After a night of gales and hail, awakening to white roof tops and a temperature that is very unCornish, I thought we’d go back to a warmer time and a re-visit to the pretty Cornish harbour towns down here in the south-west.

Town Trail: Porthleven

There has been a settlement here for thousands of years and by the 1600s Porthleven was a small hamlet populated by fishermen and miners. The harbour was built in the early 1800s and little has altered since then. There are many harbourside restaurants, art galleries and shops. The turquoise waters attract many visitors and the…

Porthleven Harbour

A bright and sunny day with fabulous cumulus clouds took us to Porthleven because a) we became stuck in a traffic jam heading to Lizard Point and b) the car park at Poldhu Cove was totally full. Although the village was busy there was still plenty of room outside along the harbour for lunch at…

Christmas Harbour Lights

And before the festive season is over I bring you the Christmas Harbour lights of Mousehole. And did anyone spot the champagne being poured?

Harbour life

On Wednesday my middle and youngest son were down in Cornwall along with d-i-l and youngest granddaughter. After a couple of hours larking around on the beach near Godrevy lighthouse we set off for Mousehole on the opposite side of the peninsula to view the fabulous harbour Christmas lights. Being a little early we headed for…

Smeaton’s Pier

Every time I head in to St Ives I cannot get over the colours of the water there. This day I managed to time it right so that the tide was in the harbour and the boats were afloat. I wanted to stroll along the pier as it has been a long time since I did…