The Cottles bed and breakfast, Polperro, is in an ideal location for exploring the many attractions Cornwall has to offer.
Looe Beach and West Looe The popular resort of Looe is about 10 minutes’ drive from Polperro. Buses also run between Polperro and Looe, or you can take a boat there from Polperro harbour. The River Looe divides East and West Looe. East Looe has popular, wide sandy beaches, excellent restaurants and an abundance of pubs and shops. Purely Cornish, a wonderful delicatessen specialising in the best of local produce, is well worth a visit, and can be found in Buller Street, East Looe.
West Looe has an extensive shingle and rock beach with good rock pools and a great view of Looe Island. There are also tennis courts, a mini golf and a bowling green open to visitors.
Activities you can enjoy in Looe include crab fishing, sea fishing, surfing, sailing, deep-sea diving or hiring your own motor boat.
Fowey Estuary A lovely old port and historic seafaring town, Fowey (pronounced Foy) guards the entrance to the river from which it takes its name. An attractive place with steep, narrow streets and alleyways that lead down to one of the best natural harbours along the south coast, Fowey exhibits a pleasant mixture of architectural styles that range from Elizabethan to Edwardian. Fowey has a good range of individual shops, galleries and restaurants, and is connected to Bodinnick by car ferry. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fowey-estuary
About 6 miles from Polperro, the quaint village of Polruan sits facing Fowey. It’s built on the side of a hill, with pretty cottages climbing high above the waterfront. A passenger ferry runs between Polruan and Fowey. www.cornwalls.co.uk/polruan
Bodinnick is a pretty hamlet that runs uphill away from the ferry slipway that provides car and passenger services across the river to Fowey. Close to the slipway stands the house in which Daphne du Maurier lived before her marriage, and where she wrote her first novel, The Loving Spirit. Bodinnick info
This small, pretty bay lies on the coast path between Polperro and Looe. It has a lovely beach with rock pools to explore, and a couple of beach cafes. Talland Bay info
This small, beautiful bay is on the coast path between Polperro and Polruan. It is a sheltered cove with white sands and well worth the walk. Lantic Bay info
The beautiful, wild and unspoiled landscape of Bodmin Moor is home to many pretty villages, including Minions, where you can see the dramatic Cheesewring and the mystical Hurlers stone circle. Here you will also see wild ponies and witness some spectacular sunsets. Bodmin Moor info
The Eden Project
Since it opened in May 2001, the Eden Project has been a huge international success, bringing many thousands of visitors to Cornwall. An abandoned china clay pit just outside St Austell has become home to the largest conservatories (‘biomes’) in the world where, in the space of a day, visitors can walk from steamy rain forests to the warmth of the Mediterranean in a project that aims to ‘promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources’.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The award-winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, asleep for more than 70 years, is the scene of the largest garden restoration projects in Europe. In the spring of 1991, the Gardens of Heligan lay under a blanket of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. A year later, the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery. In the northern gardens are 2.5 miles of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a wishing well and a superb collection of walled gardens. Remarkably much of the original plant collection has survived, sometimes to record sizes. To the south lies Lost Valley and The Jungle, a sub-tropical valley overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of Mevagissey and overflowing with palms, tree ferns, bamboos, gunnera and numerous exotic trees and shrubs.
For more information, visit www.heligan.com
1 mile southeast of St Austell off the A390 lies Charlestown. Originally a small fishing village called West Polmear, in the 1790s a local mine owner Charles Rashleigh built a harbour here to support the growing china clay industry and also for the importing of coal. Today, this harbour and village remains a Georgian time capsule. As well as providing a permanent berth for square-rigged boats, it’s a popular destination with holidaymakers and was also used as the location for both the Poldark and The Onedin Line television series. Close to the docks, and housed in a historic clay building, is the Charlestown Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre, with, underneath, the tunnels which took the clay to and from the harbour. The centre offers an insight into the town’s history, local shipwrecks and the various devices that have been developed over the years for rescuing and recovering those in peril at sea.
For more information visit www.shipwreckcharlestown.com
These are just a few suggestions from The Cottles as to what you can enjoy on your holiday in Cornwall.
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Visit the Cornwall Tourist Board’s website for a comprehensive guide to all that the region has to offer: www.visitcornwall.com