OS grid reference :-SX 009414
The unspoilt fishing village of Gorran Haven, known in Cornish as Porthust, lies at the most eastern point of the Roseland Peninsula and is situated 3 miles south west of Mevagissey.
The village lies in a cove between two sandy beaches, Vault Beach (also known as Bow beach) is south of Gorran Haven and Great Perhaver Beach lies to the north. Both beaches at Gorran Haven are sheltered from the prevailing west winds by Dodman Point and offer safe bathing.
Dodman Point is one of the highest land marks along the coast and served as a lookout point during the Napoleonic wars. It is also the site of an ancient hill fort with ditches and banks which rise over 5 metres high in some places.
Reaching out into the sea and crowned by a huge stone cross, erected on top of the point by the rector of St Michael Caerhayes to act as a daymark for shipping. The views of St Austell and Veryan Bay are truly impressive. The Dodman can be reached via the cliff path or from Lamledra and Penare car parks. Gorran Haven is a popular stop-off point along the South West Coast Path.
Gorran Church Town lies a mile inland from the beach (OS grid ref-SX 0141). The village Church of St Goran (pictured right) is of Norman origin, some parts of the original building survive and are incorporated into the church which was later built onto the site, the south aisle was added in the late fourteenth century, and the tower later in the fifteenth century. In the nave there are 53 ancient pew ends, the chancel contains some fine examples of more modern wood carvings. St Goron is believed to have been at Bodmin accompanying as St Petrock but left him to form a new settlement in the Roseland area.
To the west, at Porthluney Cove lies the Gothic style Caerhays Castle, designed and built in the early 1800s by John Nash, the man famed for creating Brighton Pavilion. The castle's garden covers almost 120 acres (0.49 km2) and are navigated by trails, grassy paths, and steps. The gardens gardens are the creation of the Williams family, who owned the castle from the mid nineteenth century and consist of tall flowering trees and shrubs, set amidst beech and pine woodland.