is the UK's most southerly working port. It is ideal as a base for
village on the South Coast near Helston with its own sandy beach,
harbour, pubs, restaurants, art galleries and supermarket.
trips can be taken from the harbour.
construction of the harbour, which was completed in 1825, had been
hugely problematical and, although a large drifter fleet was soon
engaged in the mackerel and pilchard fisheries, Porthleven remained
a dangerous and difficult harbour. Major improvements were carried
out in the 1850s, after the port was taken over by Harvey &
Co. of Hayle, and the handsome, massively-built harbour that we
see today dates from this time.
Porthleven went on to be famed for its boatbuilding and shipowning,
but it never fully overcame its original, intrinsic problem; you
only have to visit the place during one of the frequent southwesterly
gales that beset Cornwall through the winter to see why.