Charlestown Harbour Nr St Austell

Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

Located not far from St Austell and is an old fishing village.

It is at the end of its own “almost” dead-end road and is a very pleasant place indeed.

Charlestown Harbour

It has a good size harbour with launching available from the concrete launch ramp or the beach if you wish.

Charlestown harbour

Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

The concrete ramp is very very steep and I’m not sure I would be able to pull my Pro Angler 14 up it fully loaded.

very steep launching ramp

I’m sure with all gear removed it, would be more manageable to pull a large kayak up.

There is no parking on the harbour itself, as far as I can make out unless you can get someone to open the gate at the harbour entrance.

Vehicles seen parked the other side of the gate with kayak trailers attached, but I couldn’t find anyone to ask. So I guess these are businesses with special access.

The car park has limited spaces available.

Fishing gear needs to be dropped off first and then go park up in the car park.

It’s probably best to go in a pair or group so someone can watch your gear whilst loading and unloading.

The harbour has a set of loch gates, with a bridge over the top behind it are some fantastic wooden ships moored up.

Charlestown Harbour cornwall

It has great views and crystal clear water which is very inviting.

Charlestown harbour has been used in many films.

A full list of these films can be found it the museum

Meaning the village and harbour are well looked after and clean.

Harbour and beach
Harbour entrance

There are plenty of places to eat and drink after a long day on the water.

Public toilets are nearby and a local shop.

There is a fantastic museum.


Exhibiting treasure and shipwreck items which is worth a look if you have the time.

To sum up, a great place to visit and launch from if you arrive early to get a space in the car park.



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