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Step back in time through a time warp.
Member Name: Karael
Date: 10/02/01, updated on 10/02/01 (92 review reads)
Advantages: One of the most picturesque villages in Cornwall
Disadvantages: Gets crowded in high season
Visiting Mevagissey is like stepping back through a time warp. Well almost as unfortunately the tat of so called modern commercialism has got a foothold. So there are the souvenir shops selling things that I suppose some people must buy, the inevitable chips with everything and other such delights.
However to enjoy Mevagissey you must ignore the 'modern' trappings and try to imagine how things must have been. For this was a small port which was a hive for shipbuilding with many schooners being built. There was also (and still is to some extent) the fishing industry with the colourful boats in the harbour. Envisage this with the cottages and narrow streets that wind up the hills surrounding the village and you have something very picturesque and full of interest. It's a lovely view if you walk up the hill (towards Goran),that leads out of the village, and stop at the Harbour Heights hotel. From here you can look down on Mevagissey and take in the whole scene. Very atmospheric on a foggy or misty day. Nice in the sunshine as well of course.
The harbour looks at its best when the tide is in so that all of the fishing and other boats are bobbing on the water. It's a nice place to sit and let your imagination flow to how things must have been. Problem is the village gets very busy in the summer high season so your quiet thinking will most likely be interrupted by all of the noise and bustle. You will be invaded by the very big seagulls if you start to eat a sandwich or whatever. They are spoilt by the visitors feeding them chips and the like. The gulls are a nuisance to the locals who have to put up with the mess. But there again would it be Mevagissey without hearing the cry of the seagulls?
The streets surrounding the harbour are very narrow and can become congested. The main street, where most of the shops are positioned, is open to traffic. Mevagissey was never designed for cars and it gets clogged when vehi
cles approach from different directions. There is a main car park as you approach the village and this is really the only option if you want to pay a visit.
I hope I'm not sounding too negative because I love the village, the harbour, the narrow streets, the cottages. It's really what Cornwall is all about. Things have to change I suppose and the once fisherman's cottages have shot up in value so forcing out the younger locals. Holiday homes and lets are now commonplace.
There is a museum in one of the old boat building workshops that dates back to 1745. Then there is the famed Mevagissey Model Railway in Meadow Street which is one of the most comprehensive in the south west (http://www.modelrailway.freeserve.co.uk). The celebrated Lost Gardens of Heligan are also nearby. (http://www.heligan.com) well worth a visit.
Mevagissey is definitely one of the most celebrated resorts in Cornwall and it is easy to see why it attracts writers and artists as well as holiday makers.
Call in to Mevagissey if you are visiting anywhere nearby. You won't be disappinted. You can have your chips if you want but you wil find a great fish restaurant on by the harbour.
Just visit and imagine it's glorious past.