Mullion Cove

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Mullion Cove


National Trust

Mullion Cove from Hotel - - 692722.jpg
Grid reference: SW666178

Mullion Cove is a harbour in Cornwall, on the Lizard peninsula in the southwest of the county. It belongs to the National Trust. Mullion Island, a little rocky isle, lies a little offshore here.

The harbour faces west into Mount's Bay approximately six miles south of Helston and one mile southwest of the village of Mullion. The harbour was completed in 1895 and financed by Lord Robartes of Lanhydrock as a recompense to the fishermen for several disastrous pilchard seasons. It is protected from southerly winter gales by two sea walls and the old pilchard cellar and net store are preserved.

Mullion Cove had a lifeboat station from 1867 until 1909. In the six years up to 1873 there were nine wrecks along a mile-and-a-half stretch of coastline under Mullion cliffs.

Historically, the area has been subject to smuggling activity. In 1801, the King's Pardon was offered to any smuggler giving information on the Mullion musket-men involved in a gunfight with the crew of HM Gun Vessel Hecate.

Mullion Cove from the sea

Mullion Cove is within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); this is unsurprising as almost a third of Cornwall has this AONB designation.

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