PORT ISAAC


Port Isaac, Cornwall

 


This attractive fishing village, with it's colour washed irregular house walls and weathered twisted slate roofs seemingly stacked one on top of another in a narrow deep valley leading down to the shingle beach and harbour, has changed little over the years.


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The houses clustered round the harbour are a variety of styles mainly from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. 

  

The alleyways between the dwellings are very narrow, some no more than two feet wide, the most well known being "Squeezibelly Alley".

It is picturesque village and harbour best visited on foot, as, for the driver, the roads are steep, very narrow, and tortuous. Park above the village and walk along the cliff path down to the harbour.



In recent years the TV series "Doc Martin" has created a huge interest in the area.  Many more visitors come to visit "Port Wenn" and soak up the atmosphere of this once quiet fishing village.

Port Isaac's "Fisherman's Friends" have also generated a new visitor interest for the area.  Their traditional seafaring songs  are frequently performed down by the picturesque harbour on a Friday evening.
 


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The village has much on view that is a reminder of its historic fishing past. Once, Port Isaac boasted one of the largest pilchard processing palaces in Cornwall, with the majority of the population employed in the industry, or at sea on one of the fifty odd fishing vessels that used to work from the harbour in the late nineteenth century. Today, there are still several fishing boats working out of this attractive north coast harbour.








 



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