Guide to Gorran Haven

Gorran Haven is a historical place, tucked away in the Cornish landscape. A fishing port for at least 800 years, now its family-friendly, sheltered beach attracts visitors year-round. Located on the South Cornwall Coast path in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whether you fish, boat, walk, sunbathe, or simply splash around in the sea, it’s well worth a visit.

More information on its history is available at

There’s plenty to see in the bay itself, exploring the coastal cliffs, caves and outcrops which, depending on the season, provide habitat for seabirds, seals, dolphins, basking sharks, crabs, mackerel, sea-bass to name but a few.

Almost instantly you’ll be in nature, watching buzzards wheel overhead and cormorants splashing into the water, discovering a beach only accessible by sea, lulled by the relaxing lap of the ocean.

If you have more time, you can paddle west around the headland to find Vault or Bow beach, a long stretch of shingly sand reached with an hour’s easy paddling. The Dodman Point, with its large cross and iron-age fort, leads you on to beautiful beaches of Hemmick, Portholland and even Portloe. 

We can arrange transfers to a number of locations, allowing you to paddle back to Gorran Haven at your own pace.

To the east is picturesque Chapel Point, and a relaxed 45 minutes or so will bring you round the headland to Portmellon, where refreshments are available at the Rising Sun pub. The bustling harbour of Mevagissey is about 4 hours’ return trip. 

We can provide you with a fishing rod and tackle and even give you a few tips, tell you whether there are seals around and where you might find them, or simply send you on your way to explore as you like.