Monday, 24 January 2011

COVERACK

The first real village after the Lizard is Coverack, but before you get there, there is an interesting diversion en route in the form of Poldowrian Garden, which boasts magnificent clifftop views, and includes a prehistoric settlement discovered in 1965 and believed to date from 5500 BC. Coverack itself is yet another typical Cornish fishing village, but unlike Cadgwith, it is situated on a sweeping bay rather than a cove.

The coastline here begins to take on a gentler, less rugged appearance, but do not be fooled by this, because just offshore is possibly the most notorious group of rocks in Cornish waters, the Manacles. Even by Cornish standards the Manacles are a nasty piece of work, and over the years they have caused countless shipwrecks and contributed to considerable loss of life, both of the crew and passengers and of the brave lifeboat men who risked their lives to save them, as can be seen from a visit to the graveyards of nearby churches such as that of St Keverne. Nowadays these rocks provide a somewhat morbid playground for divers, while for windsurfing enthusiasts there is a windsurfing centre in Coverack.

Webcam view of the bay.

Map of the area.

Coverackphoto © 2006 Andy Roberts | more info (via: Wylio)

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