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Port Isaac

In Which We Thank Someone
At The Exe Estuary
From Topsham To Exmouth
From Topsham To Exeter
Exeter To North Dartmoor
Port Isaac
Tintagel and Trewarmett
North Bovey
Back To Exeter

Cornwall Cam

Up On The North Coast

Looking over the roof tops in Port Isaac

Port Isaac is a fishing village on the North Cornish coast that is so charming that everyone falls in love with the place. With its picturesque harbour, nestling in a narrow valley with its whitewashed cottages crowding the narrow streets and alleys (one is so narrow that it is affectionately called Squeezeebelly alley). Port Isaac was  busy  from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th century when it was an active port where cargoes like coal, wood, stone, ores, limestone, salt, pottery and heavy goods were imported and exported via Port Isaac's tiny little harbour until the 19th century when the railway and the lorry finally ended the coastal trade at the start of the twentieth century. Most of the centre of the village consists of eighteenth and nineteenth century cottages situated along the narrow valley and slowly creeping up the steep hillsides. The character of the old fishing village permeates the air and its dramatic setting, under high, rocky cliffs gives the whole area a timeless feel. Port Isaac has kept most of its original character.
Port Isaac has a long history of fishing and to this day there are still fishermen working from the Platt, where the fishermen land their daily catch of fish, crab and lobster.

Port Isaac on the map

Cornwall County Council

the music you hear:
it's an instrumental piece
called Port Isaac
from Show of Hands album
The Path
information on which, you can
find on the introduction page
of this website, or here
at our Show Of Hands website

Port Isaac Street scene. more pictures this way

History, Language and Folklore

says it all, doesn't it?

Historical records of Cornwall

everything you need to
know about this beautiful
part of Cornwall

safety on the sea, saving lives

housed in a historic
converted Methodist
chapel, Michael and
Barbara Hawkins, now
live and work in this
beautiful area making
handthrown and individually
decorated stoneware pottery.

and very lovely they are too

If you are looking for Business
or Pleasure, Industry or Leisure,
whether you are a resident in,
or a visitor to North Cornwall,
then this is the resource for you.

lots of really great pictures
on this site


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