Welcome to Swiftshore - The Area

Village amenities

Gorran Haven's Beach Gala Day held in August
Gorran Haven's Beach Gala Day held in August

Gorran Haven has a thriving village shop - Cakebreads - which is also the bakery and Post Office and has an open air cafe. During the day refreshments, snacks and meals can be obtained from here or one of the various small cafes: the beach cafe: The Mermaid; The Coast Path Cafe run by volunteers; Haven Fish and Chip shop plus Harbours Reach Cafe. A short walk brings you to the Llawnroc Hotel with bar meals and restaurant, and for a good pint and a meal The Barley Sheaf pub is 1 mile away in Gorran Churchtown.

Gorran Haven's Beach Gala Day held in August
View across Vault Beach from the coast path

Gorran Haven has two beaches which merge into one at low tide. It is particularly safe for swimmers and is popular with families. It is dog friendly. Vault is a quieter beach which can be accessed with a short walk around the coastpath or a little further on is beautiful Hemmick Beach.

There is easy launching for boats on trailers from the beach. The adjoining harbour has summer moorings available and trailers can be parked in the village car park for a reasonable fee.

Kayaks, paddleboards and deckchairs can be hired on the beach.

Information about Gorran Haven and what's on can be found on the village website www.gorranhaven.org.uk

The surrounding area

The historic fishing village of Mevagissey is 10 minutes by car and has a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and pubs. During the summer, a ferry service to Fowey operates (the Daphne Du Maurier festival is held here annually in May) as well as hire boats or boat trips around the bay or for fishing. It has a fascinating museum, a model railway, aquarium and a harbour wall well suited to fishing and crabbing. Mevagissey Feast Week is usually the last week in June.

Further along is the historic port of Charlestown famous for its splendid tall ships.

Cliff walk to Hemmick looking towards the Roseland Peninsular
Cliff walk to Hemmick looking towards the Roseland Peninsular

To the west is the lovely Roseland Peninsula going down to St. Mawes, which is a short ferry ride from Falmouth. In the other direction the Lost Gardens of Heligan are about 5 miles away and a further 8 miles takes you to the world famous Eden Project. In St. Austell are the less well-known 30 acres of Pine Lodge Gardens, well worth a visit. National Trust gardens of Lanhydrock, Trelissick and Trerice are within easy reach.

For shoppers, Truro with its lovely cathedral is the small county city with a good selection of shops. Near St Austell, there is a weekend covered market on a permanent site, lots of car boot sales around and on the road to Liskeard is Trago Mills, a department store like no other, situated in the woods.