Friday, 13 March 2009

The Tidal Pool at Gweek

The mud berths at Gweek when the tide is out.

A picture of Gweek when the tide is in.

The Ancient harbour of Gweek on the Helford river.

Gweek is at the head of navigation of the Helford River Helford River,
Helford River is not a river or an estuary but a ria located in Cornwall which passes the Trebah and Glendurgan Garden gardens, and the Durgan village....
. It has been a port since Roman times and was a thriving port in the Tudor period, with its own Customs House.

During the mining boom, a tin-smelting blowing house
a building formerly for smelting tin, using bellows. In Cornwall, the furnace was usually made of granite blocks, sealed with clay....opperated at the quayside.

In a Topographical Dictionary of England published in 1848, it was described as:
GWEEK, a small port, in the hundred of Kerrier, W. division of Cornwall, 3½ miles (E. by S.) from Helston. The pilchard-fishery is carried on extensively, 200 boats being employed in taking the fish, which are cured in the various creeks and coves within the limits of the port. In addition to the fishery, the chief trade consists in the exportation of copper-ore, corn, moorstone, and oysters, and the importation of timber, coal, and limestone.

Some contact details for the Gweek Quay Boat yard,they have a full range of paints and chandlery.Contact
Gweek Quay Boatyard
TR12 6UF.
Tel: +44 (0) 1326 221657
Fax: +44 (0) 1326 221685
website :

Rivers end and low tide in Gweek,this picture shows how the boat yards have built up on a tract of land the follows the river.

The river is tidal,so entry to Gweek needs carfull consideration when entering or leaving via Falmouth on Englands south coast but Gweek has a safe harbour wall,quite large yachts can sit there with little danger of damage when grounding,remember this when your next cruising in the area.

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