In the interview below, Steve describes the water as “mesmerising”, an impression that I gained about all of Portloe on this visit. To wander through the early morning village was to be in a dream. The still morning, with a misty air quality, was soporific and enchanting. At low tide the inshore fishing boats, Jasmine and Katie Lil, were safely harboured. I passed them on my way down to the shoreline, to gaze back up the valley at this ancient village.
With Steve, above Portloe early in a late spring morning.
The harbour and village, as seen from above at low tide.
This is an early favourite visit from the manonabeach® series. I arrived before dawn to enjoy the attractive fishing village waking up at high tide. Portloe is a quaint, upmarket holiday destination now, yet I will never forget my experience of seeing the other Cornwall of fishing still thriving here.
Chris and Dave launch their two fishing boats at Portloe.
It was mild and peaceful at Portloe for my winter re-visit. The village was waking up and one fishing boat was already at sea. The water was calm and crystal clear, lapping the harbour wall at high tide.
The harbour at high tide.