Port Gaverne

The Atlantic Highway

Down a little hill to the east of Port Isaac, this tiny inlet was once used as a port for exporting slate from the nearby quarry at Delabole. Nowadays it's just a pretty cove, with a small expanse of pebbly sand and rock pools to investigate at low tide. The wildflowers here in spring are often gorgeous.

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2. Port Quin

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3. Trebarwith Strand

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4. St Enodoc Church

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5. Daymer Bay


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6. St Materiana

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7. Old Post Office

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8. Tintagel Castle

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