Located at the mouth of Port Quin's inlet, Doyden Point is another fine feature of North Cornwall's dramatic coastline.
The South West Coast Path passes through the area and there are also two buildings and a long-disused mine - you can see a number of slate fencing posts around the two open shafts. Known as Gilson’s Cove mine or Doyden Point mine, it produced sliver-lead and, it's believed, a little copper. Between the two shafts the coast path runs through the middle of the site of a horse whim that was used to haul materials from the mine.
In 1827 the headland at Doyden was bought by a wealthy Wadebridge bon-viveur called Samuel Symons. He built the truncated Gothic tower as a place to entertain his friends, where they spent their time drinking and gambling. Once used in the TV drama, Poldark, we've since turned it into a holiday cottage.
Further inland you'll see Doyden House. It was built as a retirement home by an ex-governor of Chelmsford and Parkhurst prisons, Captain Herbert Latimer Conor, at the beginning of the 20th century. He chose this location for its panoramic ocean views across Lundy Bay towards the Rumps, which you too can enjoy as we now let it out as a holiday cottage apartments.