Porthleven, Gunwalloe & Mullion


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Porthleven

Porthleven is a working fishing port on the south coast.

The historic outer harbour was completed in 1825 and then an inner harbour was added in 1858. This is due to the fact that Porthleven is exposed to severe weather conditions as it faces the prevailing wind. The construction of the inner harbour ensured that the harbour was fully protective.

Commercial fishing boats still work from Porthleven and the harbour forms the heart of the community with the village being built around it.

Praa Sands

Praa Sands has a wide sandy beach that is ideal for surfing. It is a popular beach for families as it is patrolled by lifeguards.

Praa Sands has a large car park and facilities including shops, restaurant and cafe.

Loe Bar


Loe Bar is situated between Porthleven and Gunwalloe and separates the beach and the adjacent natural freshwater lake (Loe Pool).

Sea Fishing in Porthleven area

From this area expect to catch bass, whiting, pollack, mackerel and dogfish. Take great care when fishing from the beach at Loe Bar as it is a steep shelving beach and has unfortunately claimed many lives.

Festivals and Regattas in Porthleven area

Porthleven Food Festival

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Gunwalloe

Church Cove at Gunwalloe is a pretty sandy beach with a little church situated below the cliff. The church has a separate bell tower.

The beach has lifeguards during the summer months and therefore is an ideal place for families.

Dollar Cove

Dollar Cove is part sandy and part rocky with the rocks forming some great rock pools.

Silver dollars are allegedly washed up following storms and are said to come from the wreck of a ship which sank in the 17th Century.

Fishing Cove

Fishing Cove is a sandy and pebbly beach. It has a small slipway at one end but has very little other facilities. The sea can be dangerous and it is therefore not a good beach for families.

Sea Fishing in Gunwalloe area

Good sized bass can be caught from the beaches and also from the headland behind the church. You should also be able to catch a variety of flat fish in this area.

Festivals and Regattas in Gunwalloe area

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Mullion

Mullion Cove was completed in 1895 when pilchard fishing was the main local industry. Signs of this remain with the existence of the old pilchard cellar and net store, both of which are still in use by local fishermen.

Being an area where shipwrecks were common, the cove had a lifeboat station between 1867 and 1909.

Just off Mullion Cove is Mullion Island (also known as Toldhu) – this is an uninhabited island which has a large colony of seabirds. Both the cove and the island are owned by the National Trust.

Poldhu Cove

Poldhu Cove is the on the road into Mullion from the North. It has a large car park, a beach cafe/shop and toilets so is popular amongst families.

The cliffs on the south side of Poldhu Cove are famous as the place where Marconi conducted his renowned experiments in radio communications across the Atlantic in 1901. A monument and visitor centre exists today in celebration of his achievements.

Polurrian Cove


Polurrian Cove is accessible by footpath and is well worth the walk as it is a very pretty sandy beach. It is very popular amongst surfers and the local surf life saving club meet here.

Polurrian is the next cove to Mullion Cove if you head north and is on the coast walking route.

Sea Fishing in Mullion area

From this area expect to catch bass, whiting, pollack, mackerel and dogfish. Take great care when fishing from the beach at Loe Bar as it is a steep shelving beach and has unfortunately claimed many lives.

Festivals and Regattas in Mullion area

Porthleven Food Festival

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