Port Isaac

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We are lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. And yet we very rarely go out and explore. There always seems to be an urgent job that needs doing somewhere around the house or garden.

So this year we’ve decided we will try harder. Come rain or shine. For what a grey day it was yesterday. Not the best day for dramatic vistas, the low cloud was never far away. But even on the dullest day there is still plenty of colour to be found in Cornwall.


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Port Isaac is a fishing village on the North Cornwall coast, built around a tiny cove and protected by a sea wall.


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This is one of the oldest buildings in the village, according to the plaque beside the door.


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We wandered through the beautiful old streets. The slate hung cottages are a particular feature of the area.


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The streets get narrower and narrower..


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Squeeze Belly Alley. Only 18 inches wide at the far end!


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By the time we left the drizzle was really closing in.


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Seagulls nesting on the cliffs..


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A nest with a view. Although personally I’d have installed a windbreak..


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  1. Denise May 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Cornwall but we do plan to tour the country and Cornwall is on the list. Talking of ports……..not long now before we make our annual pilgrimage to Isle of Man and our favourite resort Port Erin! Woop woop! By the way Jessica the colour of the fence and gats is Pitch Blue No. 220 in the Farrow and Ball range. I too love it!

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      You will love Cornwall… and looking forward to hearing all about IOM. TT?

  2. Sue May 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I adore Cornwall although I haven’t been to Port Isaac -bit afraid of it being crowded. My favourite bit of Cornwall is The Lizard.

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      That is the advantage of going in the rain!!
      I will make it as far as the Lizard one of these days too. But that will definitely be reserved for a good weather day, or several.

  3. Denise May 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Ah…many happy holidays in Cornwall when I was a child. The last visit I made to the West Country, though, was a huff and puff up and down the hills at Clovelly. It was grey and miserable then, too!

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      You do need to be fit for Clovelly! Especially as you now have to pay for the privilege of wearing yourself out.

  4. Sue May 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I love Cornwall and if it wasn’t so far from friends and family would have moved there like a shot 🙂

    Beautiful pictures, we went to Clovelly a couple of years ago and wound our way down and then back up the wonderful cobbled street, we were lucky to have the most beautiful day with sunshine out all day while we were there, it was absolute bliss.

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Clovelly is beautiful. It’s on my list to go back again this year, when dodgy ankle is fixed. Don’t want to have to be dragged back up on a sled!

  5. snowbird May 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous place. Shamefully I’ve never been to Cornwall but it’s deffo on my list! I simply love those narrow streets and the nesting gull is fab. I bet the fresh air works wonders, albeit bracing. You must get out and explore….xxxx

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      It was certainly bracing, and I slept exceptionally well last night.
      The gulls seem to seek out the most precipitous spots!

  6. Jacqueline May 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    You live in such a beautiful part of England Jessica ………. many a childhood holiday was spent in Cornwall for me so this brings back some very happy memories { including the weather !! }.
    ….. and, your photographs are brilliant ….. I love the one of the anchor. XXXX

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      It was a lovely day out and we will certainly do more of it. A bit more summer weather would not go amiss though.. I do hope the bank holiday weekend was not it!

  7. Countryside Tales May 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Absolutely love the tiny weeny alleyways

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      They are very quaint!

  8. Wendy May 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    It’s a few years since I’ve been to Port Isaac, so I loved seeing it again in your photos. The Cornish coast looks stunning in most weathers and at all times of year (although May is my favourite time to be there).

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      It can be atmospheric in the mist, but a bit of sun really brings out the colours in the sea and on the boats. Before we dropped down the hill to the village we were driving through thick fog (low cloud). Were it not for the distance already travelled, we might even have turned back!

  9. elaine May 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Fabulous pictures – I didn’t realise you were in Cornwall for some reason I thought you lived in Wales. I can’t believe you don’t get out exploring more – people travel hundreds of miles to see what you have right on your doorstep – isn’t that always the way.

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      It’s what comes from taking on a renovation project. We’re in Devon, but the roads are good enough to make most places down here a day trip. Out of the holiday season anyway. On Saturdays in August it pays to stay at home!

  10. Is this the village they based the Doc Martin show?
    It is lovely there, I enjoy your posts about your garden and especially the hi jinx caused by the pheasant.
    Let your ankle heal or it will ate twice as long to get back to normal.

    • Jessica May 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Suzanne, welcome to rusty duck and thank you for your kind comment.
      It is the Doc Martin village, yes. I haven’t seen the programme (and now regret it). But maybe it’s better to watch the re-runs when you can recognise some of the scenery too!
      I think I have learnt the hard way re ankle 🙁

      • Oh yes, do watch the show. It’s quite funny and well written.
        I’ve watched the whole series on Netflix here. We usually don’t see your shows on regular television until a year after they air for you. It’s usually on our public sponsored stations and infrequently, unless its a pledge drive and they need money. There are two movies also that were the pilot from the show.
        Lovely countryside there. If I win the lottery I’ll travel back over and really see England.

        • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

          If you come over, bring an umbrella!

  11. Josephine May 14, 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I knew it was the fictional village of PortWenn as soon as I saw your picture, since Doc Martin is currently showing on our Public Broadcasting station…
    Such a pretty village, those narrow streets are truly amazing, just room for a bicycle to squeeze through.
    Lovely pictures, I feel as if I’ve been to the seaside for the day 🙂

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo.
      We plan to go back sometime over the summer. Partly because of the weather, mostly on account of injury, we didn’t go up on to the cliffs. There are some wonderful views from up there looking back into the cove.

  12. steph May 14, 2013 at 4:42 am - Reply

    you do live in an amazing part of the world…..thanks for taking me along on your little day-trip. I had a ball on my virtual outing!

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

      It was surprisingly easy to leave the garden behind for a day.. there will be more.

  13. frayed at the edge May 14, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Fabulous photos ….. especially the rusty anchor and the quirky roofs! We probably go out and about more since I started the blog …… in search of “blog fodder”. And, of course, I love showing off the beautiful part of the country that I live in!!

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

      When we decided to move it was either going to be the West Country or Scotland. There’s a house in Argyll that stole a bit of my heart. It was even more impractical than here, with no road to it at all. But, oh boy..!!

  14. Abby May 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Never been to Port Isaac, though I love Cornwall generally. The Doc Martin series was quite good – I like Martin Clunes! Sorry your ankle’s still not good – get one of those ankle support thingies from Boots? x

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      It’s getting better, just slowly! Thanks Abby.

  15. Antoinette May 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Oh lovely photos! Very atmospheric without ‘les tourists’ who would have no doubt been there in droves if the day had been sunny. Never been as far west as Cornwall.

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      I don’t know how the village copes in the height of summer – there didn’t seem to be many car parks and the access roads are narrow too. These places were never designed for mass tourism!

  16. Em May 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    It’s taken me this long to get to this post – sorry. Gorgeous photos; I love the colours….I THINK I’ve been there but not entirely sure. Cornish villages by the sea – they can be a bit similar!

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      It’s just south of Tintagel. That’s on my list too. Last time we went there it was January and absolutely bitter. My mind was too focused on getting back to the car!

  17. Simone May 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    It looks wonderful and will look even more so in the sunshine!

    • Jessica May 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      It makes such a difference doesn’t it?

  18. BadPenny May 15, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    What an enchanting place. I think I visited years ago and would love to go back !

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      It is. I wish our pictures had done it more justice. The weather did not cooperate!

  19. Rosie May 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I have many happy memories of childhood holidays in St Ives and Penzance but had never been to Port Isaac until a couple of years ago when we stayed along the coast near Bude. I’ve enjoyed looking at your photos – the place was rather crowded when we visited in September – it looks so peaceful when you visited. We didn’t find Squeeze Belly Alley:)

    • Jessica May 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      I only found Squeeze Belly Alley by accident.. I overheard a shopkeeper giving directions to someone else. And then I was only brave enough to look at it from a distance. Bit too claustrophobic for me!

  20. Natalie May 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Oh so beautiful!! I love the British coast. Sigh… need to go back!

    • Jessica May 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Let me know if you do..

  21. Sarah May 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry the weather was not at it’s best when you visited the sea but it still looks lovely despite this. I haven’t been to port Issac the lanes look enticing and remind me so much of other Cornish villages by the sea.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica May 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      We’re only 20 minutes or so from the coast, so plenty of opportunities to go back! Like you, I do love being by the sea.

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