Porthleven Harbour with dramatic shadows and tasty pasties feature large in our latest adventure! A spontaneous detour when passing one winter day, with a steaming aromatic pasty, proved to be an irresistible treat.
The day still had a atmospheric light and the sheer magnificence of the granite harbour more than made up for it!
The previous day was one of those gorgeous midwinter days of dazzling blue skies and seas but Charles had a very important date with a rampant pampas grass that day!
Pasty picnic beside the sea
Charles edged our car along the monumental harbour wall and found a great parking place for a pasty picnic. True taking a pasty to Porthleven it was a bit like taking coals to Newcastle, as there are two fabulous pasty shops, within a stones throw of the sea! But it was January after all!
It’s fairly easy to bag a wonderful parking spot on the harbour wall itself at this time of year, so we wimped out and ate our pasty in the safety of the car (I’ve met the crafty seagulls that live there before!) whilst admiring the deep reflections in the water.
Pasty finished and we set off to walk out along the Pier – it’s often closed for safety in the wintertime. However, the oily calm sea meant that it safely beckoned. It’s a long finger of granite that staunchly defies the storms that have been known to break of the nearby Institute. Please watch the video on YouTube though and don’t risk your lives in the savage storms!
A long walk the harbour wall.
The colder air met us as we reached the pier above the millpond of the sea below. Still, I’ll take a walk beside the sea in any season!
Here’s some more Winter beach walks to tempt you.
We reached the railing at the end and our attention was caught by the golden sands that stretched away beyond Porthleven towards the Lizard. I described some of this coastline in my blog “Explore the great bays of Cornwall”
More about the construction of the harbour
History buffs will enjoy reading about the harbour construction in Helston History.
The construction of a strong granite pier, built on the rock, and extending into the sea,JAMES HOWARD HARRIS: – Porthleven Harbour
The winter beach at Porthleven
Finally, we retraced our tracks and turned up through the gaggle of cottages, to walk above the golden beach.
Far below us a winter beach scene revealed itself to us. Along the foreshore, the tiny figures with the occasional dog still ambled backwards and forwards. Captives of the moment, of salty sea air whilst soothed by the rhythms of the sea.
Finally, as the tide turned, we neared the end of the coastal lane and we too turned again. Below us the first of the waves started to build with lazy arches and claw more intensely at the shore.
So time for for us to return home from our stolen moments beside the sea winter skies.
The pleasures of snuggling up with a hot cup of tea are so much better after a wonderful bracing winter walk beside the sea in Cornwall!
Home to Ednovean Farm
P.S. We may have missed the sunshine but we did have the pleasure of seeing the lower slate Ednovean Farm sign which had been hidden by the pampas for years ! Of course the sun came out then too!