Summertime in Cadgwith is rather special. A precious glimpse into the world a working fishing cove, nestling below a labyrinth of rose garlanded thatched cottages.
It’s a rare privilege to visit a community that maintains is identity despite the pressures of tourism and still follows environmental fishing methods.
Where else I wonder could you watch a fishing boat come in, the catch landed and then buy a crab sandwich from the fish loft door.
You may already be familiar with Cadgwith from the documentary, made by a rather queasy marine biologist, featuring the sustainable fishing?
Cadgwith on The Lizard
Our visit to Cadgwith this summer was a happy accident really, yet even in the summertime we found it uncrowded and serenely beautiful.
Cornwall has been so much less hectic this year as overseas holidays have opened post pandemic. A visit to The Lizard perhaps? Well I must say as we bumped disconsolately around the packed Lizard car park, we may have found the crowds there! So, a quick change of plan and Charles had an unrequited love affair with a Cadgwith crab sandwich to assuage!
Our visit to Cadgwith started with a walk
Parking is above the village with a pleasant walk down to the cove. In fact it’s more that a walk. The walk leads slowly thought a tiny wood and gradually introduces the sights of Cadgwith framed by the sea. It’s a perfect way to unwind, slow down and appreciate the still tranquillity of the cove.
Summer roses around the cottages
As we wandered along passed the path revealed it secrets: – enchanting picture box cottages where there’s often a Thatcher at work; inviting gateways to surreptitiously glance through; a narrow tin chapel built to encourage the children to be baptised. amongst the cluster of cottages.
Charles made straight for the fish loft of course. He swears that the best crab in Cornwall is caught in the pure waters of Cadgwith Cove with the best crab sandwiches are sold here too of course. These days they also do a gourmet line in lobster wraps and prawn sandwiches too and we brought some fabulous smoked fish home for supper.
Lunch on the beach
We scrunched across the shale of the fishing cove to sit on a rock with our bounty. We were just in time to see a fishing boat coming in and winched across the beach by the tractor before the catch was landed. Later we saw the same tractor just beside the loft where our sandwiches had originate from. There are truly no air miles in this local food!
Summer images from the fishing cove at Cadgwith
What is in Cadgwith?
Cadgwith lays at the bottom of a valley with twin coves – one for fishing and one for bathing dissected by a spit of land. Oh how I wished I’d taken my swimming costume with me on the day we visited and it looked great for snorkelling too!
Eating in Cadgwith?
Apart from our yummy sandwiches there’s the famous Cadgwith Inn and an inviting bistro type restaurant at The Cellars.
Visiting Cadgwith out of season?
Take a peak at our visit near to Christmas time: – Cadgwith a fishing village lost in time