Polperro to Polruan

This one is a long coastal path walk, in fact the way I’m walking the coastal path they are all quite long walks. So far none of the walks have been linear, all being a loop and return back to the car. So this way if I actually get to doing the whole lot I’d have done pretty much twice the distance!! Most of this part of the coastal path is National Trust land and is in fine fettle, however there is a section just short of East Coombe (Polperro side) which is a bit scruffy, actually its a bit unsafe as the grass is thigh high and lying across the path with steps on it. I went down twice, both with an elegant thump. I met a guy who was walking the whole path and was just over two weeks in at this point, which probably puts him on for about 6 weeks all round, he was camping most of the way and it was nice to have a chat with him. Hopefully the weather will improve for his trek up the north Cornwall section, with the wind at his back. As for this section, I loved Polperro, tiny little village by the sea, roads not wide enough for a Chelsea tractor, 3 pubs in 100 yards. Perfect.

Start – Lantivet Bay parking
Route – Lansallos – Polperro – South West Coastal Path – East Coombe – West Coombe – Pencarrow Head – Polruan – Lantivet Bay parking
Distance – 11.5 miles    Start time – 9.30am    Time taken – 5hrs 50mins    Highest Point – Lantic Bay car park 120metres
Weather – Cloudy mostly. Breezy.


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As you drive towards Polruan there are a couple of good NT car parks which give good access to the coast, in my case they made a perfect spot for a start and finish

Lots and lots of green farm land here

The National trust own lots of land here, and some farms and cottages (for hire), some typical trust steps take me up to a field and down to Lansallos

Some sea views as well. That’s Pencarrow Head

Looking back from where I’ve been. In the far distance is the clay pits and mounds around St Austell

Lansallos Church

Meadow Brown butterfly. My butterfly spotting is getting better (mainly due to following a fine website Beating The Bounds, where photos of little flying insects and birds are captured easily)

Got to love the Cornish town names. They are great. I love the fact that they seem to just drop letters from them when they want. For example Lantic Bay (not sure what happened to the At, also Fowey, pronounced Foy. And finally Mousehole, pronounced Mowzull)!!

A bit of drizzle greeted me in Polperro, but it didn’t last long and before I’d reached the quay it had gone

Love these lanes, they stick two fingers up to those with a London 4×4 and tell them to get lost

This is the far end of Polperro and from the last photo to this was about 5 minutes walk, if that. In which time I past 3 pubs, this is the Blue Peter on the left and the coastal path goes up behind it meaning you get 2 chances to enter. If only it was open (this walk was the weekend before the so called Super Saturday 4th July opening again)

There was a stiff south westerly and the waves were crashing in on the rocks

Polperro is well protected though, a brilliant little village

Looking back towards Looe

And the way I’m going. The Lizard (the most southerly point in Britain) is away in the distance

Pencarrow Head sticks out ahead, I need to go around that. The next one behind is on the far side of the Fowey estuary (if you zoom a bit you might see the white tower on the headland). Again the Lizard sticks out furthest in the distance

The views are fantastic, but I’m more bothered by my feet at this point, the path keeps disappearing into a jungle of grass, bramble, bracken and gorse and I’m trying not to fall over (again). The section on my left is Lantivet Bay, so I’m basically back level with the car here

I’ve reached the bottom and I’m nearing East Coombe, I’ve gone down twice, much to the enjoyment of a fellow walker, who was doing the whole path. He was just about to begin week 3 by this point. A third of the way round we reckoned. This is a daymark (or beacon) ahead, you see a few of these along the coastal walks

East Coombe

West Coombe

I’m heading out to the headland at Pencarrow Head, looking back across Lantivet Bay

Lantic Bay, the beach is a long way down otherwise I might have gone in

This part of the path was lovely, I was heading round towards Blackbottle Rock with fine views back across Lantic Bay to Pencarrow Head

And ahead to the Fowey estuary. Again the white tower is on the promontory across the bay

A better shot of the lumps and mounds around the China Clay pits of St Austell. Some of the mounds are huge. The Eden Project is over that way as well

Blackbottle Rock up on the right

And from the other side Blackbottle Rock sticks out a bit more. I’m nearing Polruan at this point aware that I’m heading into habitation

One last look across the bay, the tower on Gribben Head easily seen, alongside the Lizard which always sticks out more than the rest

Fowey across the estuary from Polruan

The River Fowey heading inland

Up the lane out of Polruan

And back to greenery and farmland

A church down below as I near Lantic Bay car park

And Lantic Bay itself to my right, there was a couple of big 6 man tents in the field high above that bay. Judging by the wind they would have done well not to end up on Bodmin Moor

One last look across a pastoral setting, the weather was decent with some sun and lots of big white fluffy clouds

11 thoughts on “Polperro to Polruan

  1. Superb stuff, loving your coastal walking. Very keen to do such a long stretch as a circular walk. Coastal walking can be really tough. I managed to clock up over 2000 feet of ascent on a short stretch on the north coast a couple of years back.

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  2. Wow – the cliffs, the colour of the sea, the Cornish names, what a stunning walk. An old school friend lived in Fowey for a while and I remember him ribbing me, when I visited, about my pronunciation. Mind, it’s not just in Cornwall that names aren’t pronounced how they’re spelt; up here we have Quernmore which is Quormer and Claughton and Aughton which are Claffton and Affton (I think). People have fun with Yealand and Heysham too. (Yell-und and Hee-shum respectively). I’ve given up on how to say Todmorden.
    Oh, and thanks btw! 😁

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