Latitude/Longitude: 50.2702° N, 4.7874°
Postcode: Mevagissey harbour, the Quay PL26 6QU
Postcode: Willow Car & Coach Park PL26 6SB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only)
The fishing village of Mevagissey and
the still smaller haven of Gorran are the very essence of a Cornwall
which has remained true to its roots and embraced change only slowly.
Both names belong to 6th century Irish missionaries.
Mevagissey's labyrinth of tiny streets twist
and turn past ancient dwarf buildings of cob and slate but inexorably
for the twin harbours which are its nerve centre, a place to watch
the fisherman land their catch and mend their nets as they have
since John Trewollas built the first pier in 1430.
By the 19th century, the most important catch was
pilchard, some 40 million a year of which were salted in special
cellars you can still see and packed into barrels for export to
France and Italy.
Earlier still, some of the crew doubled as smugglers
or privateers, but today their secondary role is to introduce visitors
to inshore fishing for mackerel or deep-sea shark-hunts. The full
range of fish in local waters can be seen at the Aquarium, converted
from the old lifeboat house.
is renowned for the soaring switchback walks that whet the appetite
for its seafood or help to walk it off. From Polkirt Hill you can
look out over the Medieval street plan, the fishing boats in the
harbour and the yachts in the pool, to the golden sweep of Polstreath
Beach and St Austell Bay or south to the inlet that shelters Portmellon
Beach and to the scenic coast path over Chapel Point to Gorran Haven.
Less than three miles separate the two, but the contrast is sharp.
Mevagissey is a working harbour, Gorran Haven a small
picturesque anchorage, dozing on its sandy beach in the lee of the
spectacular 400 foot high Dodman Point. Good swimming and snorkelling
are its assets with, for sailors, a protective hard. Visit the distinctive
landmark of its 15th century church with 110 foot tower or simply
enjoy the quiet and privacy.
Mevagissey Fowey Ferry Service
A seasonal ferry service has been established between
Mevagissey Harbour and Fowey. The Bessie James, a 12m GRP
Ferry, runs a regular 'daily' service across St Austell Bay and
round Gribben Head into the Fowey Estuary takes approximately
This trip enables you to visit two beautiful Cornish
harbours, each with their own unique qualities. The service runs
between April and September 30, with between 3 and 5 return trips
The coastal scenery is stunning and there is plenty
of sea life on view during the trip - depending upon the season.
Tickets are sold on board the Ferry - return tickets are available.
Dogs are welcome onboard but - cycles are by prior arrangement only.
The service can be affected by weather conditions, with cancellations
broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall. Click
here for Prices and Timetable or telephone 07977 203394
From Mevagissey, the ferry departs from Mevagissey
Lighthouse Quay, approximately 400 metres from the village centre.
This is along the left hand side of the harbour ( Eastern Edge).
In Fowey, the ferry to Mevagissey departs
from Whitehouse Point Quay, 400m west of Fowey town centre
and Town Quay, From the Town Quay, you walk past the Aquarium and
a short way up Lostwithiel Street , turn onto the Esplanade, and
walk a short distance past the Marina Hotel. Access is by a fairly
steep ramp and steps.
Car Parking in Mevagissey
You enter Mevagissey via valley Road. There is the
large Willow Car & Coach Park on the left hand side Valley
Road, just before you enter the heart of the Village. There is a
smaller carpark (Sunny Corner parking in Chapel Square PL26 6ST)
as well as parking on the harbour, available. For visits to Mevagissey,
we always use Willow Car & Coach Park, as it is easily accessible
and just a short walk from the harbour. The streets in the village
around the harbour are very narrow.