Port Isaac was a busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th. century when it was an active harbour where cargoes like stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded. Fishing and fish-processing were also important and today there are still fishermen working from here although tourism plays an increasingly important role. Most of the old centre of the village consists of 18th. and 19th. century cottages, many officially listed as of architectural or historic importance, along narrow alleys and 'opes' winding down steep hillsides. Every day including summer Sundays Western National buses run between Bude and Newquay - via Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac, Trelights, Polzeath, Rock, Wadebridge, and Padstow - and connections further afield. For coast path walks, there are several convenient points at which to alight. You can walk the coast path in short sections by driving to a car park, taking the bus and returning to your car on foot. One of the best surfing beaches in North Cornwall is Polzeath 4 miles away. Dogs are not permitted on this beach from April to September, but the adjacent, wide beach of Daymer Bay (5 miles) has excellent, fine sand and is available to families and pets. There are gardens to visit at Long Cross Victorian Gardens at Trelights, Pencarrow at Washaway near Wadebridge (12 miles), and National Trust Lanhydrock (15 miles). In the season you can book fishing or scenic trips from Port Isaac harbour. Homer Park, advertised in this Guide, at the top of the hill behind Port Isaac, offers horse-riding. There are good opportunities for cycling along the Camel Trail - Padstow - Wadebridge - Bodmin - and cycles can be hired. The nearest golf course is at St. Kew, and there is an 18 hole course at Bowood near Camelford. There are also two well known golf courses - the classic St Enodoc (5 miles) and Trevose (15 miles). For leisure centres, there are Camelford Sports Centre (8 miles), Wadebridge Sports Centre (10 miles) and the Bodmin Leisure Centre (15 miles). Two steam railways in the area are the Bodmin Steam Railway - standard gauge - (15 miles) and the Launceston Steam Railway - narrow gauge - (20 miles). North Cornwall is the coastal edge of Bodmin Moor with high, rocky cliffs and deep valleys where little streams run down to the sea. Port Isaac and Port Gaverne are in two of these valleys. History Stone, ores, limestone, salt, and heavy commodities were shipped and trans-shipped in Port Isaac's little harbour until the 19th. century. Then new ships, too large to be able to visit Port Isaac were being used to trade further overseas. The railway and the motor lorry finally ended the coastal trade and at the start of the 20th. century. Port Isaac became a holiday village. The name could mean 'The Corn Port' (yzack = corn). In 1340 it was registered as a fishing village. It was a sheltered harbour on an otherwise inhospitable coastline. Visitors receive much attention but Port Isaac has not become a 'tourist trap' and has most of its original character.