It’s not often I venture to the South Coast but one of my favourite spots is Polperro. One of the most whimsical, fairytale fishing towns where you can enjoy a day of strolling through the narrow lanes between the cottages and the port, stumble into quaint seaside gift shops or enjoy lunch and a view over the water.
Much like many of the quaint villages throughout Cornwall, Polperro offers a rich smuggling history and some amazing stories from the past. Once the smuggling ended, the village made its money from fishing and although there are still 12 active fishing boats from Polperro at present, it’s also a popular destination for visitors which brings in some money. Polperro offers a lot to do with shops, pubs and cafes tucked around as well as cliff walks to enjoy the view back across this pretty little village.
Polperro is on the South coast, of East Cornwall, between Looe and Fowey. It’s relatively easy to get to and well signposted. The town has one main carpark at the top where you will need to stroll into the town or take the little train which drops you in. It’s an upmarket place to visit so the parking will set you back £5, bring coins as it only accepts coin payment!
A lot of the properties in Polperro are set on the waterfront. As you walk into the town, the properties are approached over small bridges as a stream splits them from the roadside and the houses closer to the town enjoy backing onto the same waterway that cuts through the middle of the town.
Winding through the narrow pedestrian lanes you’ll reach The Warren and the locally famous Shell House. This crazy building is privately owned and was decorated back in the 30’s by a retired fisherman who decorated his home with shells he’d collected from around the world.
To make the most of the parking fee, bring your walking shoes or trainers and take a hike up the cliffside to take in the view from above, you can walk either end of the town and enjoy the quietness as you escape the busy narrow streets.
The Crumplehorn is a popular pub and is located near the carpark so you can’t miss it! Worth popping in for a drink or bite to eat before hitting the road again.
Overall, I would say that Polperro is the prettiest fishing town in Cornwall with its narrow lanes and well looked after cottages so it’s worth a visit on anyones Cornish trip!