Coverack, just to the south of St Keverne, is an old fishing village. A stone jetty provides shelter for the few fishing boats that remain. The local pub seems strangely named the Paris Hotel, until you learn it got its name from a large American passenger liner which ran aground just off the village back in 1899. Coverack has wide arc of beach and is a popular water-sports destination.

Coverack Cove

The harbour at Coverack is overlooked by a lovely array of quaint thatched and slate cottages. It is difficult to believe that this peaceful cove was once home to a gang of notorious smugglers and wreckers, who would lure unsuspecting vessels on to the nearby rocks to plunder their cargoes.

The cove and beach at Coverack is of significant interest to geologists, due to its unique rock formations. Several types of igneous rocks, said to have originated many miles underground, can be found on the surface here. Including Basalt, Gabbro, Troctolite and Serpentine. The area around the centre of the cove is believed to show the Moho (the boundary between the Earth's crust and the Earth's mantle). An illustrated information board, near the shore front, provides visitors with a more detailed description of the local geology.

Content by B. Benney

Map of Coverack


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