Cornwall’s top ten harbours by webcams

PUBLISHED: 10:27 26 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:24 14 July 2020

Padstow Harbour

Padstow Harbour

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Explore Cornwall’s favourite harbours from your computer screen with our top ten harbour webcams

Newquay Harbour featured on Channel 4's Devon and CornwallNewquay Harbour featured on Channel 4's Devon and Cornwall

Take in the best of Cornwall’s coastline and its boats from your sofa with our pick of the top harbour web cams

Charlestown harbour

While not strictly speaking a webcam, this fantastic link offers a huge range of panoramic views of the inner and outer harbour from above and from the side. You can control what you see in this posh version of google maps. The harbour is one of South Cornwall’s true gems: the last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK and a UNESCO world heritage site.

The ancient harbour will be well-known to the many fans of the recent BBC Poldark series where it was often featured. You can also spot it in Doctor Who, The Three Musketeers and Taboo. For visitors the highlight is to go on board the tall ship Kajsamoor.

www.charlestownharbour.com/360/#s=pano56

Padstow Harbour

Porthleven HarbourPorthleven Harbour

One of the county’s favourite spots, enjoy the quiet and solitude you would never find at this time of year in this bustling foodie spot.

Padstow is probably best known for the number of restaurants – which began with Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and attracted luminaries like Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth among many others. Sadly as the lockdown continues the foodie attractions are closed, but as this web cam shows there is plenty of views to enjoy – not least the view across the Camel Valley to Rock (which also has its own webcam). You can also view the harbour via Rick Stein’s web cam (rickstein.com/webcam).

www.padstow-harbour.co.uk

Port isaac

Missing Doc Martin? Remind yourself of the fictional Portwenn and all its lively inhabitants with a look at the real harbour. Set between its two harbour walls. This 24-hour webcam from John Bray Holidays offers panoramic views across this traditional fishing village and out past the mouth of the harbour.

A fishing port that dates back to the Middle Ages. Port Isaac is surrounded by countryside designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the Heritage Coastline. A busy harbour to the 19th century, its cargoes included stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded. Definitely worth a virtual visit.

www.johnbray.co.uk/webcams/webcam-port-isaac.html

Looe HarbourLooe Harbour

St Ives

At this time of year, it would be an understatement to say that St Ives harbour would normally be packed with holiday makers at this time of year, but the web cam shows a slightly more eerie view – the more beautiful because of it.

St Ives is known for its surf beaches, like Porthmeor, and its art scene there are usually plenty of galleries to browse and the exhibitions of Tate St Ives the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well as the Leech Pottery. All currently closed, but this is a great time to plan your bucket (and spade) list. Add a boat trips go Seal Island, which sits just west of town, to see the seal colony (sometimes these creatures will pop up their heads in the harbour waters itself).

www.aspects-holidays.co.uk/st-ives-webcam

Mousehole

Sennen HarbourSennen Harbour

Famous for its Christmas lights, this high definition webcam will give you front row seats to the views. Difficult to navigate, impossible not to fall in love with, Mousehole really is the quintessential Cornish harbour.

It has a great history: it was sacked by the Spaniards in July 1595 when the entire village, apart from one house, was burnt to the ground. Today cottages built from Lamorna granite which ring around the small former fishing harbour. Dylan Thomas described the village as the loveliest in England (while Cornish nationalists may find fault with its description of being in England, few could argue with the rest of the description). Click and see if you agree.

www.aspects-holidays.co.uk/webcams/mousehole

Newquay Harbour

Before you head to the stunning surrounds of Fistral Beach, take a peek at the boats bobbing around in Newquay Harbour. When the sun shines, there is no place in the world that compares. At certain times of the year you can see seals in the water and admire (and censure) the death-defying feats of local teenagers diving off the harbour wall. Provided by the wonderful Harbour Hotel that sits above the ancient spot – if you ever get the chance, the best real view is from their restaurant. The town – once known as Towan Blystra – owes its name to the harbour which was built and became the new quay. The harbour supported Cornish tin mining industry and pilchard fishing. Today the commercial fishing mainly supplies local restaurants. We recommend the chips and homemade ketchup.

www.harbourhotel.co.uk/harbour-webcam

Falmouth HarbourFalmouth Harbour

Looe

The seaside town of Looe has plenty of experience at keeping visitors happy – and its web cam is no different. From its unique banjo pier to the fish that is landed there every day to supply the local restaurants and chippies, you can lose yourself for a week or two. Seeing it from a distance will keep you occupied for a few hours at least.

There are a few options if you want to enjoy the slowly lapping waters against the harbour walls on the two sides of this hidden gem in South East Cornwall. When it comes to technology, it’s always nice to have a spare.

www.portbyhan.com/live-webcam/

www.camsecure.co.uk/LooeBayWebcam1.html

Falmouth

Cornwall’s most famous harbour – this usually busy port is set around one of the world’s deepest natural harbours rivalled only by Sydney, Australia, Falmouth’s harbour webcam shows boats coming in and out of the harbour at their best. The harbour is curiously quiet, but the view is one to be enjoyed never-the-less. In busier times there are luxury yachts, tall ships and fishing vessels passing in and out of the estuary.

Mousehole HarbourMousehole Harbour

www.visitfalmouth.com/about-falmouth/web-cam

Bude

Cornwall’s northern-most coastal town has plenty of charms: stunning wide expanses of beach, a giant man-made tidal pool and even canals. Consequently the Bude web cam offers a veritable feast of views of their many charms. Click on a link and you can get up close and personal to your favourite spot, whether a beach, the tidal pool, canals and town landmarks.

www.budewebcam.co.uk


Sennen

Probably our smallest entry, size wise, but you won’t be underwhelmed by this pretty little spot. Pair ithe harbour web cam up with a wider shot of the bay and the white sandy Atlantic beach also available on on screen. 
www.camsecure.co.uk/sennen_harbour_webcam.html

This article first appeared in our June issue of Cornwall Life.

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