Walking in Newlyn Harbour
Be careful when walking around the harbour area, especially in the morning when it is at its busiest. Traders in vans and cars roar up and down and forklift trucks are likely to screech out of the fish market at any old angle.
The Harbour is private property, owned and run by the Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commission, so any accidents are at your own risk.
Dogs are not allowed in the Harbour.
Also be careful on the edges of the quay especially when the tide is out. If you fall off its gonna hurt!!
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
Jellyfish appear regularly in local waters during the summer months. We saw an extraordinarily beautiful blue one last year. It was smaller than my hand, a dark blue and rimmed with silver. Being so small it was hard to spot in the seaweed and would be easy to get stung by.
Just watch out if you decide to go swimming or paddling here at this time of year.
Last year we also had several dead jellyfish wash up, they become opaque and jellyfied once out of the water. The locals say that this means a heatwave is on the way, but I don't remember too many hotspells last year!
If you do get stung by a jelly fish the best thing to do is neutralise the sting; if it is during the day run into the nearest pub/ cafe and grab some satchets of vinegar which is supposed to be the best thing for stings.
Beware of the seagulls!!
The seagulls in this area are huge and dominate the bird heirarchy all year around. They are particularly vociferous in Newlyn, probably because of the large amount of scraps available throughout the year from the fishing industry. You can always tell when an incoming boat has dumped its unused chum (bait ) or scraps; it has a huge flock of screaming, scrapping seagulls in its wake.
From time to time you will spot signs asking you not to feed the seagulls, this is not a joke! These seagulls are not shy and will quite happily deprive your of the pasty in your hand. I have seen them take icecream cones from kids in one fowl (pun intended) swoop.
They nest in the spring and are extremely protective of their young. If you come across a baby gull that has fallen from its nest best leave it be, its parents are around somewhere and you can get attacked if you approach. It is rare for babies to survive a fall unless they are old enough to be practising flying, so give him a few days and he'll soon have the knack of it and be back in the nest with mum and dad.
Drowning, not waving
Winter storms can be ferocious all along this coastline. The winds can whip up huge waves and send them crashing up on the roads and paths, even where there are high protective walls. A neighbour of mine took his dog for a walk along the coastal path this winter and the dog - a powerful breed- was swept into the water. Glynn went in to rescue him but only made it out alive because a passing motorist stopped and helped him and the dog to safety with climbing equipment that he - luckily - always carried in the boot of his car.
People have gone missing in such weather before and are sometimes never found. So if you like to watch storms make sure you pick a safe spot.