Sharrow Grot

A wonderful warm day on the cliff yesterday, perfect for a walk so we left the road at Freathy and went west towards Sharrow point along the coast path.

As you get to the point and drop down underneath the lifeguard’s hut you can scrabble down the rocks where people jump into the sea when the tide’s in. If you look to your left as you drop down you will notice a gate in the cliff side and on inspection will see a plaque telling you about Sharrow Grot. Originally a pilchard palace there are still marks in the rock face that show the remains of the processing shed. It is also said that a building was on this spot that was a refuge for sailors but the tides have over the years taken it and nothing now remains.(Nettleton’s Guide to Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport and the surrounding Country by George Wightwick – 1836)

Then in 1784 a man called James Lugger carved out a cave and inscribed lines of verse on the ceiling which unfortunately over time are being lost. The excavation is said to have cured him from the gout and he went on to live in George Street, Dock which we know today as Devonport.

But, as thou walk’st, should sudden storms arise,

Red lightning flash, or thunder shake the skies,

To Sharrow’s friendly grot in haste retreat,

And find safe shelter and a rocky seat


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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