The Old KilnHelford River
Location and Surrounding Area
The quay at Port Navas Yacht Club and The Old Kiln were part of a thriving river business in the 19th Century. Ships brought in lime which was fired in the kilns to be used on the fields as fertiliser, whilst cut granite was shipped from here back up to London and elsewhere. Cut granite from Port Navas and local quarries in the area made up the base for Nelson’s Column, and large parts of London Embankment. The wall nestled between The Old Kiln and Port Navas Yacht Club was once part of the gantry used to put granite into the holds of waiting ships.
Hustle and bustle is now a thing of the past in Port Navas, and it’s industrious former life exists only in traces within buildings and words within textbooks. To be in Port Navas today is to be within one of the most peaceful idylls of Cornwall, where ancient woodland and water meet in a hush of tranquil sounds. The ebb and flow of the tide, the wind through leaves, the gentle pacing of an egret along the shore.
During your stay the fantastic Port Navas Yacht Club is your port of call for food and drink, calling ahead to book on 01326 340065 is recommended.
20 minutes from Falmouth Town, with it’s eateries and coffee shops, Port Navas is also within easy reach of either Constantine or Mawnan Smith village both with local shops and pubs. Nearby you’ll also find the Trengilly Wartha Inn serving delicious pub lunches.
- June 2021