Photographs taken 2006 to 2015
Porthleven is a very popular place for watching stormy seas! It
faces directly into the south west, and is at the mercy of the
Atlantic Ocean. In early 2014 , the harbour was overwhelmed, despite
the harbour defences and protective storm barriers, but many boats
were rescued in time, despite the devastation inside the inner
harbour. Porthleven has recovered as it always does, with great
Cornish community spirit. It is a beautiful place.
Porthleven and the old Lifeboat House
The beach at Porthleven - with many "walkies" paw prints and the
The beach and surf can get pretty lively at Portleven, and is a
particularly good "storm watching" spot!
...as it gets a bit livelier!
When heavy weather is threatened, the storm barrier is put in,
protecting the inner harbour and boats.
Unfortunately the violent
storms of early 2014 overwhelmed even these protective measures, and
the inner harbour
was devastated. Many boats were rescued in
time, but the power of the sea can never be taken for granted.
The storm barriers going in before another blow
The system allows for relatively quick dropping in of the timbers,
giving the inner harbour much needed
protection in this
south-west-facing harbour - the force of the Atlantic can be
Porthleven Harbour and yet another WWII Pill Box against the very
real threat of invasion
The pair of old cannons ceremoniously protecting the harbour now.
...and the Ship Inn with pride of place for best views!
all the best coastal pubs called "The Ship Inn"?!!)
The Ship Inn and Cannon
The Ship Inn
The inner harbour at Porthleven
The Harbour Inn - excellent refreshment stop!
The picturesque and many-photographed Clock Tower at Porthleven -
probably another icon of Cornwall!
The Clock Tower (and Porthleven Council Offices)
A silhouetted Porthleven