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Only 5 minutes walk apart these two villages each possess a very individual charm.
Portscatho lies in a sheltered cove in the corner of Gerrans Bay and is still an active fishing village. Safe swimming and extensive sandy beaches mean it has great family appeal.

Gerrans lies at the top of the hill above Portscatho and the medieval spire has acted as a landmark to generations of local sailors.

The villages boast several shops - some of which offer locally caught fish and locally grown garden produce as well as a locally produced crafts. The surrounding countryside offers interesting walks with an abundance of wild flowers.

Gerrans and Portscatho have become popular as a small holiday resort with visitors returning year after year.

The ancient name of Philleigh is Eglos-Ros, meaning Heath Church. The original church built in the middle of the 7th Century was replaced in the 13th Century. Unfortunately, today, only the tower remains from the 13th Century, the rest of the Church having been updated and restored in 1867.
Road maps as early as 1685 show the main road from London to Lands End ran through Philleigh. The road crossed the river at the King Harry Ferry and Tolverne Passage.
Ruan Lanihorne stands on the old coach road from Penzance to London. The Village Church - dedicated to St. Rumonus in 1321 - is built of local grey, slate stone and is gothic in style. Recent restorations include the installation of a stained glass window in 1866. The font is dated about the 14th Century and is Norman.
The creek at Ruan Lanihorne is a bird lovers paradise as it provides a haven for waders and waterfowl. The gentle hills and leafy lanes are a joy for walking enthusiasts and explorers.

Known as the gateway to the Roseland Peninsula - Tregony was an active port in the 14th Century surrounded by busy woollen mills producing a rough serge known as Tregony cloth. Craft of considerable size could navigate the Fal River right up to Tregony Bridge long before the Ports of Truro, Penryn and Falmouth were developed. However, due to tin streaming in the St. Stephens area the river eventually silted up and the harbour became unusable.

On the political front Tregony achieved its peak when James granted the town the constitution of Free Borough. Tregony was entitled to return two representatives to Westminster until the 1832 Reform Act when it had become one of the Rotten Boroughs.
As you climb up Tregony Hill you pass the site of a Roman Castle known as Treg-ney.
Modern Tregony offers the visitor a choice of accommodation within a thriving village community.


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