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About Port Issac

Port Isaac, on the North Coast of Cornwall, is a traditional Cornish village, very popular with holidaymakers.

Every day including summer Sundays Western National buses run between Bude and Newquay - via Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac, Trelights, Polzeath, Rock, Wadebridge, and Padstow - and connections further afield.

For coast path walks, there are several convenient points at which to alight. You can walk the coast path in short sections by driving to a car park, taking the bus and returning to your car on foot.

One of the best surfing beaches in North Cornwall is Polzeath 4 miles away. Dogs are not permitted on this beach from April to September, but the adjacent, wide beach of Daymer Bay (5 miles) has excellent, fine sand and is available to families and pets.

There are gardens to visit at Long Cross Victorian Gardens at Trelights, Pencarrow at Washaway near Wadebridge (12 miles), and National Trust Lanhydrock (15 miles).

In the season you can book fishing or scenic trips from Port Isaac harbour.

There are good opportunities for cycling along the Camel Trail - Padstow - Wadebridge - Bodmin - and cycles can be hired.

The nearest golf course is at St. Kew, and there is an 18 hole course at Bowood near Camelford. There are also two well known golf courses - the classic St Enodoc (5 miles) and Trevose (15 miles).

For leisure centres, there are Camelford Sports Centre (8 miles), Wadebridge Sports Centre (10 miles) and the Bodmin Leisure Centre (15 miles).

Two steam railways in the area are the Bodmin Steam Railway - standard gauge - (15 miles) and the Launceston Steam Railway - narrow gauge - (20 miles).

A LITTLE ABOUT THE DISTRICT

Bodmin Moor North Cornwall is the coast edge of Bodmin Moor with high, rocky cliffs. The whole area is very hilly with deep valleys where little streams run down to the sea. Port Isaac and Port Gaverne are in two of these valleys - two separate communities.

HISTORY

Stone, ores, limestone, salt, and heavy commodities were shipped and trans-shipped in Port Isaac's little harbour until the 19th. century. Then new ships, too large to be able to visit Port Isaac were being used to trade further overseas. The railway and the motor lorry finally ended the coastal trade and at the start of the 20th. century.

Port Isaac became a holiday village. The name could mean 'The Corn Port' (yzack = corn). In 1340 it was registered as a fishing village. It was a sheltered harbour on an otherwise inhospitable coastline.

PORT ISAAC in TV and FILM

The Village of Port Isaac, was frequently used as a 'set' for filming the Poldark series, and 'Nightmare Man' where it was beautifully depicted albeit as a village in the Hebrides!

More recently the Port Isaac has become associated with the TV series 'Doc Martin' ( in which Port Isaac was tranformed into the fictional Port Wenn) and the Film ' Saving Grace'.

Doc Martin a British television comedy drama starred Martin Clunes as a doctor whose tactless manner causes mayhem in the small Cornish community of Port Wenn. Created by Dominic Minghella, The series was filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, North Cornwall, with filming of most interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm. martin Clunes plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing down around him when he develops a phobia which prevents him conducting operations.

Saving Grace was a comedy/crime film, starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes filmed in 2000. After Grace Trevethyn's husband commits suicide, he leaves her in economic ruins, Grace left by herself is now facing loosing her house because all the money her husband owed. Together with her gardener she uses her plant-cultivation ability to grow marijuana.

Amy Foster or Swept from the Sea has it was called when released in America, is a 1997 movie based on a 1903 story, Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. It stars Rachel Weisz, Vincent Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates and Zoe Wanamaker and was directed by Beeban Kidron. The story concerns a Russian, unable to speak English but able to play chess, shipwrecked on the coast of Cornwall on his way to America.