Polperro: location

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Polperro coastal pathPolperro sits on a stretch of coast that is high and sliced through by deep steep sided valleys. Cut off from the West by the estuary of the Tamar and in the east by the Fowey River both of which are only crossable by land bridge some distance inland. The main route through South Cornwall cuts across from Saltash to Lostwithiel and prior to the building of the Tamar Bridge at Saltash in 1961 the land travellor would have to have crossed the Tamar at Gunnislake a long distance further inland.

You get some idea of Polperro's historic isolation by wandering through the twisting narrow high hedged lanes that meander across the uplands above the village. Today the A387 makes it's way inland from Looe to Polperro. The only other road access to Polperro being by two winding narrow lanes that suddenly plummet down the steep sided hillside, through increasingly encroaching cottages clinging to their perches on the hillside. They finish up in the midst of the narrow lanes the most part one cars width across, or less and blind sharp right angled corners. Through traffic is understandably discouraged. The large car park at the northern tip of the village is a wise place to leave you car. Indeed travelling the last short distance out of your car adds to the surprise when the village centre is finally reached.Talland Hill, Polperro

The only other routes into the village are from the coastal path, meandering precipitously along the cliff, and from the sea. It's hidden magic is what makes it so special. As you approach Polperro it's delights are well hidden until you are upon them. It's easy to imagine the port being a place with a smuggling past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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