Landing a boat on the treacherous North Devon coast with its rocky foreshores has never been easy. As long ago as the 13th century a rudimentary quay was constructed, and a small fleet of fishing boats from Clovelly plied Bideford Bay in search of herring and mackerel.
The Cary family built the present quay in the 17th century. It’s hard to imagine how such huge boulders were hauled across the foreshore and hoisted into position! But the effort was worth it: Clovelly was the only safe haven for boats along the entire coast between Appledore and Boscastle. The four cannon barrels used as bollards on the quay are said to come from Spanish ships from the Armada.
From the quay you can enjoy chartered fishing outings and trips to Lundy Island.