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Port Gaverne  



Port Gaverne is a sheltered, narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide with shingle and pebbles above the tide line. Neighbour to Port Isaac, this may be one of the quaintest cove in North Cornwall nestling in under the cliffs.

A National Trust owned beach, which has remained almost unchanged in hundreds of years, is maintained by the National Trust and Port Gaverne Beach Association, and is popular with families as it has plenty of rock pools.


Once a thriving port landing slate, coal and limestone.  A thriving fishing port for pilchards which use to land over 250 tonnes of fish a week, all off loaded and carried across the beach.

The origin of the name Gaverne is thought to have come from 'Karn Hun' meaning rocky haven and is still spelt 'Port Gavern' by a few locals - pronounced 'gay-verne'.


Port Gaverne, unfortunately does not have lifeguard cover during the year, so you have to take extra precaution if swimming here. Please be sure to observe the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Port Isaac Beach (0.4m)


Port Quin Beach (2.0m)


Lundy Bay (3.0m)


Tregardock Beach (3.3m)


Epphaven Beach (3.8m)


Polzeath Beach (4.4m)


Trebarwith Strand Beach (4.5m)


Greenaways Beach (5.2m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities

Sand, shingle and pebbles

Limited roadside parking

Lifeguard Service Facilities
None Pub close to the beach
Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.


OS Grid Reference - SX 00290 80814

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 200290 : 080814

Postcode (nearest) PL29 3SG

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SX002808

Latitude : Longitude : 50.592807 : -4.8229766



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