The small harbour-town of Porthleven lies close to Helston on the edge of Mounts Bay. It boasts the most impressive harbour complex in Cornwall. The stout stone walls and piers were built with the help of Napoleonic prisoners of war to provide a refuge for sailing ships driven onto the rocks in this corner of the bay by the prevailing westerly winds. Strict conservation laws have ensured that Porthleven remains an unspoilt working port and fishing boats and other craft still use the harbour today. Holiday makers have not been forgotten, however, and there are numerous shops and restaurants and an excellent wide beach. Porthleven was the home town of the Dambusters' Commanding Officer, Guy Gibson; there is a road named in his honour.
Loe Bar, a couple of miles south of Porthleven, is a giant sandbank thrown up by storms back in the 12th Century to block the River Cober and thus form Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall. .Prior to this time, ships could sail up the river to Helston. The frigate, HMS Anson, was shipwrecked in 1807 at Loe Bar. Although it lay stranded on the bar close to the shoreline, many of the crew still lost their lives. This event inspired Henry Trengrouse to design the rocket fired line, a fore-runner of the 'Breeches Buoy'.
Attractions & Theme Parks:
One2eleven | Bodmin Railway | Crealy | Dairy Land | Flambards | Cider Farm | Holywell Bay | Lappa Valley | Minack Theatre | Polgoon Vineyard
Castles, Monuments & Heritage Sites:
Caerhays Castle | Geevor | Lanyon Quoit | Pendennis Castle | Porthcurno | Poldark Mine | Restormel Castle | Shipwreck Centre | St Mawes Castle | Tintagel Castle | Wheal Martyn
Nature, Wildlife & Scenic Sites:
Bedruthan Steps | Bodmin Moor | Cadgwith Cove | Cornwall Coastal Footpath | Gweek Seal Sanctuary | Kynance Cove | Land's End | Lizard Peninsula | Lizard Lighthouse | St Michael's Mount | Tolverne Cottage
Gardens & Historic Houses:
Antony House | Caerhays Castle | Cotehele | Eden Project | Lanhydrock | Lost Gardens of Heligan | Mount Edgcombe House | Pencarrow House | Prideaux Place | Trebah Gardens |
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