Portwrinkle To Polperro Cornwall
After a great nights rest at the Finnygook Inn Crofthole, which I can strongly recommend, it was back to the foreshore for me and Darran Terry for the 2nd leg of this Cornish section from Cremyll to Polperro (Portwrinkle to Polperro). It is another nice day with warm sunshine and the wind from yesterday has dropped. After passing the Portwrinkle Hotel it was straight back to the steep climbs, but this time we are ready for them.
Soon we are walking through the village of Downderry and after a short stop at the shop for supplies, we head on to Seaton. Seaton is another place I have visited on several occasions whilst on holiday in the past and it has a great beach. After leaving Seaton we climb steeply up a narrow lane where we met a lovely couple for a chat and it turns out that the gentleman is a retired Railman now living the good life in this area.
After yet another long diversion away from the foreshore, we eventually find ourselves back on it and looking toward Looe for the first time. Just off the front of Looe Bay is Looe or St George’s Island and according to local legend, Joseph of Arimathea landed here with the child Christ. This island is now owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looe_Island
High up on the sea cliffs we get our last look at Whitsands Bay and Rame Head, a long way in the distance.
Soon we are at Looe, the shops are just starting to open up and although it is out of season, it looks lovely. I know many would love to be here today with the town covered in bright warm sunshine, it could almost be a spring day. With Christmas looming the lights are up and we enjoy a nice coffee before moving out of town.
The harbour has some of it’s fishing fleet moored up near the fishing market sheds and is teaming with small craft tied up for the winter within its natural harbour. This harbour is surrounded on each side by houses high up on the hills and looks stunning with one side in the shade and the other basking in sunshine.
Sadly we have to leave Looe and soon we say goodbye to Looe Bay and Looe Island.
It’s back to the undulating foreshore and the short leg to Polperro, however another kick in the teeth means we are not following the foreshore after Porthallow due to yet another diversion. This diversion is a very steep climb up toward Brent, Crumplehorn which lowers moral. However after the climb we eventually divert back toward the foreshore and the Southwest Coastal Path and within ten minutes we can see Chapel Cliff on the far side of Polperro.
Polperro is a beautiful popular archetypal Cornish village with tight fisherman houses and fishing harbour. Its location is set within the natural rocky sea cliffs and shaped by the River Poi heading out to sea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polperro
A very popular tourist destination in Cornwall there is much to see and do in Polperro, like the Shell House. You can explore for hours through the tiny streets and sample many of the local sea delicacies on offer in the pubs or businesses sprung up to cater for the ever growing tourist industry. However, if like me, you’re not a big fan of large crowds, try it out earlier or later in the season to see this beautiful place in all of its glory.