Vertical Blue Blog – Paddleboarding and Kayaking in Porthleven, Cornwall

Vertical Blue Blog – Paddleboarding and Kayaking in Porthleven, Cornwall

With summer fast approaching we thought it about time to start a regular information page to inform you of all the things we love about our Paddleboard and Kayak adventures in Cornwall, along with some of the amazing sites, sounds and history of where we are lucky enough to call home. From our base in Porthleven we have the ability to explore some truly amazing areas with many tales to tell, some of which I will touch on throughout the summer season as we run trips throughout these areas. To start with though lets have a bit of history from how Porthleven came to be. The meaning behind the name Porthleven (Lev as its known to the locals) stems from the traditional Cornish language with Porth, meaning a port and Leven, which means smooth. The Smooth Port! It’s a sad story the beginning of Lev as we know it. The tragic sinking of HMS Anson on 29 December 1807, off of Looe Bar (1KM to the left out of harbour), with the approximate loss of 130 sailors in a huge storm.  This led to a bill being struck in parliament in 1811, signed by King George 3rd for the construction of a harbour, in Mounts Bay, County of Cornwall. Napoleonic prisoners were set to work building the outer harbor and pier using local granite, yet it wasn’t actually finished until 1825. The inner harbor wasn’t finished until 1858 after changing hands to a new owner. The population at this time was only around the 1000 mark and by the early 1900’s this had doubled to 2000. It now stands...