Sunday 14 June 2020
The Old Harbour and Port at Charlestown and a Pleasant Surprise
Charlestown had been closed from the start of the coronavirus until the beginning of June, so it was good to be able to walk around the harbour again.
There are usually a couple of tall ships in port, sometimes more.
The harbour and the tall ships are popular as film sets - including the television favourite of Poldark.
As I have no doubt said in other Charlestown posts the building of the harbour was initiated way back in 1791. The port was built to facilitate the transport of copper from nearby mines. When the mines were no longer profitable the port was used for the export of local china clay until 2010.
On this visit it was quite chilly and windy ...
… as can be seen below by the girl's hair blowing in the wind.
There are small beaches either side of the harbour but, as can be seen by the photos, not many people felt like walking on the sand and shingle.
The photo above and below are the beach to the east of the harbour.
We also wandered along the west beach and I snapped a quick photo of a rock pool.
As we started a final walk along the harbour wall we saw our son and family coming in the opposite direction - great minds think alike! A pleasant surprise to see the grandchildren - at a safe distance, of course.
All in all an enjoyable walk despite the chill in the air.
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