If you travel 20 km (15 miles) east along the coast from Penzance in Cornwall you will find the scenic fishing village of Porthleven. This charming village has all the features of a working fishing port, with a few scenic pubs thrown in. The focus of the village is the harbour, where boats can take refuge from wild weather.
Porthleven was one of the prettiest villages I saw in Cornwall, with its white houses ranging up the steep hillside.
I find it hard to believe I climbed to the top of the hill to get a birds-eye-view of the village, but I must have. Here is the photographic evidence. That’s Cornwall for you, everywhere is on top of, at the bottom of, or on the side of a hill!
I could imagine smugglers stopping in here for a pint or two, a few centuries ago.
It was a beautiful day when I was there. I walked around to the breakwater at the mouth of the harbour. There was a sign, just out of view in the image below, which said not to walk out during high seas or you could be swept away. The sea must be very rough indeed.
To the east of the town is the open beach, fully exposed to the pounding elements.
The boats in the harbour were very colourful, although as it was low tide, the water was very muddy.
I was surprised to see some swans swimming in the harbour. Thanks to the murky water, they are not likely to make it onto a greeting card.
There are two images from Porthleven in the Fishing Boats of Devon and Cornwall series. One is a close up of the boats in the harbour.
The other is two boats tied up to the harbour wall.