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Difficult to believe now that Port Gaverne was once a busy harbour where broad sailing ketches, wide enough to stay upright on the beach between tides,
were loaded with slates from the nearby Delabole Quarry, returning with coal and limestone. There was even some shipbuilding here at its height.
Nowadays the only reminder is the rough quay cut into the rocks on the east side and a few converted buildings, including two large pilchard cellars and a lime kiln.
What it does still have is a safe sandy beach, plenty of rock pools to explore, some fine cliff walking - and some wonderful sunsets.
At first sight the old slate quay at Port Gaverne is a bit strange as there does not appear to be any connection between the quay and the road.
Whilst it is quite possible that whatever connected the two has got washed away, as soon as you walk to the far end of the quay,
it becomes apparent that the main route on to the quay was at the seaward end.