Exploring Cornwall from Porthleven
Published: Monday 7th Jul 2014
Written by: The Niche Retreats Team
Porthleven is a small but stunning port town perfectly situated on Cornwall’s coastline. It is home to a population of just over 3,000 people, and a harbour that while dating back centuries, still is an active fishing hub bringing in its load of delicious crab, lobster, crayfish and more. The town also boasts a wonderful array of charming shops, local business outlets, pubs, cafes and eateries that please resident and visitor alike. The port of Porthleven is also an excellent base from which to explore the amazing county of Cornwall. Whether you’re looking for wildlife, heritage or amazing scenery, Porthleven is the perfect access point to them all.
For wildlife lovers, two nearby attractions are a must-see. First, there’s the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, which is a home for formerly stranded or injured seal pups. Set in 40 acres of beautiful grounds, the sanctuary is an excellent family day out open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Visitors can also see sea lions, otters and penguins at the park. Visit their website for more details. Another great wildlife attraction is the award-winning Paradise Parkin Hayle. This incredible park houses no less than 650 birds, with many tropical and endangered species. Kids can also have fun in the indoor play centre, as well as enjoy some more familiar animal faces, in the form of donkeys, pot-bellied pigs and goats.
Poldark Mine is located just two miles north of Helston in the hamlet of Trenear. Some describe it as the jewel in Cornwall’s heritage crown. This historic site contains the evidence of prehistoric tin mining, as well as the first recorded tin stamps dating back to the 15th Century. It is also an example of an 18th Century working tin mine, offering an interesting and entertaining introduction to Cornwall’s mining and social heritage.
Finally, for those looking for breathtaking scenery, a visit to St Michael’s Mount, known in Cornish as Karrek Loos yn Koos (Grey Rock in the Woods). Attached to the town of Marazion, this amazing island is steeped in history, myth and legend. It can be easily approached on foot during low tide, and contains many secrets for visitors to explore.