Port Isaac & Polzeath

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Port Isaac

Port Isaac is a charming working fishing village with a pretty harbour and white washed cottages.  Much of the television series ‘Doc Martin’ was filmed in Port Isaac.  The RNLI have stationed a lifeboat here since 1869.

Although Port Isaac is still a fishing port, it was also once a busy port where all sorts of produce was exported including Delabole slate.

The popular singing group ‘Fishermens Friends’ are from Port Isaac.

Port Gaverne

Port Gaverne is located just to the east of Port Isaac and is a lovely quaint cove. There is limited parking although it is only a short walk down the hill from Port Isaac where car parking is available. Port Gaverne is a popular destination for anglers.

Port Quin

Port Quin was once a busy fishing village like Port Isaac but legend has it that all the entire fishing fleet was destroyed during a great storm in the late 19th Century. The widows left behind moved to nearby Port Isaac leaving Port Quin practically deserted. The cove was used for filming for the 70s series ‘Poldark’

Sea Fishing in Port Isaac area

This area is great for rock fishing and species caught include mackerel, pollack, sea bass, dog, gurnard, plaice, whiting and turbot

Festivals and Regattas in Port Isaac area

Port Isaac Music Festival

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Polzeath has a wonderful beach for surfing. It is approximately ½ kilometer wide and almost goes out as far on a low spring tide. The beach is very flat and sandy making it popular for families as well as surfers, especially as it is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months.


Situated in the Camel Estuary, Rock is a haven for boating and other watersports. The sand dunes to the west of Rock – The Rock Dunes – are a designated site of special scientific interest due to the geology and flora.

Sea Fishing in Polzeath area

This area is excellent for all types of flatfish including ray. Also good for bass fishing.

Festivals and Regattas in Polzeath area

Rock Oyster Festival

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