Saturday, 17 August 2019
Mevagissey Outer Harbour, Lighthouse and Beach.
I'm following on from my previous Mevagissey post which concentrated on the inner harbour, where there are normally lots of boats in the enclosed area.
If we walk to the outer harbour it has a different atmosphere as there is much more space - as can be seen in the photos above and below.
The inner, more sheltered harbour wall, was built in 1774 on the site of a medieval quay. The outer harbour wall was first built in 1888 but had to be rebuilt in 1897 following damage in 1891.
Mevagissey's small lighthouse is made of cast iron and is about 26 feet tall.
The lighthouse is hexagonal in shape. The light can be seen for about twelve nautical miles.
If we walk along the lighthouse breakwater we can see how Mevagissey harbour is surrounded by high cliffs.
To get from the breakwater to the road is quite a climb up all of those steps. But not to worry ...
… there is a wide, flat walkway alongside the harbour instead.
If we return to the lighthouse we can see the other wall that makes up the entrance into the outer harbour.
Some quite smart houses have been built behind the wall.
Finally, mustn't forget the Mevagissey harbour beach! Okay, it isn't much, and is only really there when the tide is out, but there are usually one or two people enjoying the sand and splashing about in the water - if the weather is okay. Dogs aren't allowed on the beach.
In the photo below the gap between the two walls is the entrance to Mevagissey's inner harbour.
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