This photograph shows Portreath, a village on the north coast of Cornwall. It has a population of about 2,000 and is one of many secluded coves that are distinctive of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and which make it so popular.
Steep streets and narrow alleyways or ‘drangs’ lead down to the harbour. The narrow lanes are lined by white-washed cottages and larger stone villas. The steepness of the sides of the valley leading to the harbour has restricted building. Housing has developed on the plateau above the village (in the foreground between the village and the sea). This has allowed the village to retain much of its original character, making it a very attractive place for visitors.
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