Porthleven CIC launches ‘The Porthleven Town Trail’

Porthleven Community Interest Company has launched its last project of five, The Porthleven Town Trail.

Mayor Barbara Powell, Mark Berryman, David Turnbull, Andy Wallis and Louise Winterton unveiled the new Town Trail information board Credit ‘Christine Hosey/Helston Packet’

Mayor Barbara Powell, with Porthleven CIC Directors: Mark Berryman, David Turnbull, Andy Wallis
and Louise Winterton unveiled the new Town Trail information board
Credit ‘Christine Hosey/Helston Packet’


In celebrating the launch, the Porthleven CIC released the following press statement and covered also in The Packet

The Porthleven Town Trail takes in thirteen historical buildings centred around Porthleven harbour. Visitors and residents will learn the rich history of these buildings by means of a 20 page colour booklet and a free to download smart app that is available on Apple and Android enabled devices.

Town trail walkers can discover more about Porthleven’s past and people, including the history of the harbour as a working port, the discovery of china clay on nearby Tregnonning Hill and the rumours of smuggler’s tunnels and ghosts at the Ship Inn.

The project has taken near a year to complete with the project being led by Louise Winterton and Andy Wallis.

Louise Winterton said:

“This has been a fascinating project and, being a Porthleven girl, one which is very close to my heart. We really could not have completed the project without the great support of so many people who supplied us with information, pictures and historical documents. In helping put together the trail, I have thoroughly enjoyed looking through old photographs and information about my home, and I hope others get the same pleasure.

The town trail map has been created by Caitlin McLintock, a local girl who has just completed the second year of her illustration degree course at Falmouth University. The beautiful slate plaques have been crafted by stonemason Steven Dyer of J Ching stonemasons of The Gue, Porthleven.

Images for the trail have graciously supplied by Tony Tregowlen, who also helped by supplying the information contained in his books; Rod Stephens, who put together the picture archives which are located at Out of the Blue; Roger Hosking, and Helston Museum.

Thanks must go to the owners of the thirteen buildings who have given permission for their building to be used, including Trevor Osborne, owner of Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company, Mr and Mrs Richards, Rick Stein, Jane and Jude Kereama of Kota, Colin and Helen Wiley and The Mayor and Councillors of Porthleven Town Council

Suzie Inman of Mightier, a copywriting and marketing company based in Porthleven, who wrote the trail said:

“It has been a fascinating exploration of discovery working on the Town Trail and delving into the many stories of Porthleven’s past. The challenge for me was then to craft the information into a form that is interesting and easy to digest for anyone who wants to find out more. I hope people enjoy following the trail as much as I enjoyed writing it and I cannot thank the local historians who have helped me and checked over my work enough.”

Andy Wallis said

“When we started this, I really did not think it would take up so much of my life. However, it has been worth it when you see the finished trail. I will echo Louise’s words and pay tribute to all who made this possible. It has been a real community project.

Now all the projects are finished, we will take stock before we embark on phase two of the trail as well as other projects that we have in the pipeline.”

Embracing technology, further information and pictures will be able to be read by a smart phone app created by Creative Steam of Penryn. Creative Director at Creative Steam Julyan Mills said:

“When we were approached by the Porthleven CIC to develop an application, we were excited about the prospect of creating a content rich app that would really benefit the flourishing community and showcase the history of Porthleven. Not only was it important to make sure that the application would educate both locals and tourists, we needed to ensure that it delivered the content in an engaging manner. This was achieved by streaming the text and images from the Porthleven CIC website directly into the app and then combining this information with the Google Maps geo-location data. We feel that the end result is an interactive experience for everyone in Porthleven.”

The Porthleven Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed in late 2012 to look at how to mitigate the impacts of being a Coastal community. In 2013, the CIC was one of 20 projects nationally to be awarded funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The total amount awarded to the CIC was £99,950.


The map artist Caitlin McLintock. Credit ‘Christine Hosey/Helston Packet’

The smart phone app, which is available free on Apple and Android devices via ‘The Porthleven Town Trail.’

Booklets for the trail are available in various shops in Porthleven. Look out for the map signs. Current stockists are: Customs House Gallery, Lindy Lou’s, Harbour and Dock Company, Stargazey, The Brew House and Nauti-but-Ice.

The history behind Porthleven CIC is it was one of 20 projects nationally to be awarded funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund in 2013. The total amount awarded to the CIC was £99,950.

This funding is being used to deliver five key projects, which have now been all delivered,

  • A community marquee hire business;
  • Creating and opening Withy Field car park, bringing an additional 72 parking spaces to Porthleven and putting profits back into the community;
  • Up-lighting the Bickford-Smith Institute and so showcasing Porthleven’s most iconic building and;
  • The Porthleven CIC website.

The CIC have four directors: David Turnbull, Louise Winterton, Mark Berryman, (town council representative) and Andy Wallis.








  • Gilly Zella Martin

    It is an excellent quality and artistically produced creation, the plaques are really lovely, I am sure it will be widely popular. Well done to all involved in delivering the town trail, it could also act as a learning curve maybe for some visitors, as to the history of the buildings. Well done indeed for all the brilliant initiatives that the CIC have introduced for Porthleven.

  • Maum

    Proper Job. Well done to everyone involved, money well spent all round.

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