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Steeped in smuggling history, Polperro is a quintessential fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, roughly 4 miles from Looe. During the 19th century huge quantities of pilchards were landed here and an entire industry sprung up around the humble fish. The picturesque harbor is still used today and fisherman can be seen unloading their catch at high tide. A small sandy fringe of sand is exposed just outside the harbor wall at low tide and offers fantastic snorkeling opportunities during calm weather. The small Chapel Pool hides beneath the cliffs and and be reached by a dauntingly steep set of steps. This south-facing natural lido basks in sunshine during the summer months and offers bath-like paddling conditions from about mid-tide. Boat trips can be taken from the harbor during peak season.


Follow sign posts to Polperro, park in the main car park and make the long walk down into the village. Alternatively, if visiting during the summer you can go back in time and take a horse and cart. Steep steps to the beach.

Sat Nav Postcode: PL13 2QR

Lat/Lon: 50.330902, -4.515907

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