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Tucked into the south coast, Cadgwith Cove is a small fishing village located on the Lizard Peninsula. Steeped in history, this quaint village has changed little over time; you’ll find thatched cottages nestled into the hillside, fishing boats lining the pebbly beach and fishermen regularly landing their catch on the cove.

Unsurprisingly, this little cove has a history in smuggling. Like many hidden coves along the Cornish coast, Cadgwith Cove was an ideal spot for smuggling salt, tobacco, tea, brandy and other goods into the county, unseen.

Of course, fishing has always played a vital role in the village, and even today fishing is at the heart of the community. Throughout the early 1900’s, the cove was popular for Pilchard fishing, until overfishing caused a decline in the number of Pilchards. Today, fisherman catch crabs and lobsters, with Cadgwith Cove being one of the last few places where fishermen fish traditionally and sustainably, using handmade crab and lobster pots.

Did you know...

Cadgwith Cove Inn is over 300 years old!

Walking

Step back in time as you walk down the woodland pathway, lined by trees reaching in an arch above you. The walk from the car park down to the village is part of the beauty of the area, leading you to this quaint fishing community, frozen in time. Meander around the village, taking in the sights of the traditional cottages, fishing boats and tin church.

Bring a camera, sketchbook or notepad and allow the beauty of the area to inspire you. Budding photographers can capture images of the traditional fishing equipment and techniques, while artists can depict the history of the thatched cottages on paper. 

After exploring the village, why not take the South West Coast Path south towards The Lizard or north in the direction of Poltesco. Alternatively, take the country footpaths to the village of Ruan Minor.

Places to visit

Unique and traditional, Cadgwith is certainly a village worth visiting on the Lizard Peninsula. With two places of significant interest: the village pub and the unusual church. 

Cadgwith Cove Inn

Over 300 years old, the Cadgwith Cove Inn has been exceptionally well maintained since the days of smuggling long ago. Enter the traditional thatched pub today and you’ll enjoy an atmospheric bar with sea faring relics adorning the walls, collected over the years. The pub serves a selection of fine cask ales, and traditional meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients and freshly caught fish (from the cove!). 

St Mary’s Church

Hidden along the path that now leads to the car park, you’ll find St Mary’s Church, a traditional tin tabernacle. Made from corrugated galvanised iron, this style of church was developed during the Industrial Revolution when the demand for churches was high due to the rapid growth of towns. These types of church buildings are now synonymous with Australia and America, as they were exported to the empire for fast developing populations during the Gold Rush. This unique church is well worth visiting, and is usually open for prayer and quiet reflection.

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