Stunning views, steep cliffs and one of the best sand and shingle coves you are ever likely to stumble upon, Lantic Bay in Cornwall also witnessed a battle between smugglers and coastguards in October 1835. In those days this part of the coast was not well guarded, so naturally, local smugglers took advantage of this. On the night of the battle (or fight) locals claimed that 107 kegs of spirit were smuggled ashore. On reaching the top of the hill on Lantic Bay the owlers were discovered by a coastguard patrol. A fierce battle ensued which resulted in the arrest of several of the smugglers.
At their trial in Bodmin the jury found the men not guilty. To prevent further piracy and smuggling,the Government ordered a watch house to be built at Lantivet Bay and a group of coastguards to be stationed there.
Authors Ian and Marie.