Days Out from Polperro
This page lists interesting places to visit and things to do from Polperro. This is only a start - there are so many interesting places to go and things to do. We will develop the list to include all the many places of interest in due course - would you like to suggest your favourities? We will also develop the description of each venue and, if available, include a photo or two, information about opening times, admission charges, etc. Proprietors of attractions are invited to take space on this page to promote their establishments or venues, but we will only include places/attractions which are worth visiting!
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Talland Bay- Quiet and unspoilt Cornish bay about 1.5 miles east of Polperro by coastal footpath (best way) or 4 miles by road. Much more information on www.talland.org
Talland Church- Ancient church, part Saxon on Celtic site. Beautiful views. Services Sunday and Thursday mornings. Church is normally open to visitors all day. More details - click here
Looe- 5 miles by coast or road. A bustling fishing harbour and seaside town. Bigger than Polperro. Sandy beach at East Looe. Again best way is via coastal footpath, allow 2 to 2.5 hours each way - wonderful views. Much more information on www.looe.org.
Cotehele- House and gardens (NT) - near Callington (25 miles)
Antony- House (and gardens) (NT) - near Saltash (15 miles)
Mount Edgcumbe- Country Park (Plymouth City Council) - on Cornish side of estuary overlooking Plymouth. Excellent views. In February 2004 Mount Edgecumbe was awarded a " Garden Of Excellence" by the international Camellia Society, one of only 12 such awards world wide.
Lanhydrock- House and gardens (NT) - near Bodmin, about 20 miles
Headland Garden, Polruan- only open Thursday afternoons (in aid of RNLI). unmissable. About 9 miles. Park in car park above Polruan. Good pubs in Polruan to eat afterwards and foot ferry to Fowey - well worth visiting. You can take your car across by ferry from Bodinnick.
The Lost Gardens of HeliganRoseland peninsula, beyond St. Austell. Go via Bodinnick and take ferry to Fowey (ferry starts from next to Ferry House the home of Daphne du Maurier (and now her son). Go to St Austell via Par.
Eden ProjectNear St Austell - Open in 2001, it is a spectacular project that includes the biggest glasshouse in world in old china clay pit. Visitors are advised to arrive early at peak times during the summer months.
Fowey River RaftingGreen River Rafting offers a safe, comfortable way to explore the beautiful Fowey river estuary, catering for groups of all ages. Rafting gently down the river from Lostwithiel, it's a wonderful way to enjoy the wildlife and scenery. More information on www.greenriverrafting.co.uk
Rame Peninsula and Cawsand- nice places and not too far to go, generally quite quiet as everyone goes further down into Cornwall. TakePlymouth road from Looe and turn off towards Downderry and Seaton and just follow coast road all the way to Rame Head and Cawsand (this is the same way as to Mount Edgecumbe)
Lions Car Boot SaleEvery Sunday morning during the Summer, weather permitting, the best Car Boot Sale in the area is held at West Wayland Farm (adjacent to the A387 Looe-Polperro road at Barcelona, just west of the B3359 turning to Pelynt and at the road junction to Talland and Porthallow) from 07:00 to 12:00. No traders. These car boot sales are organised by Looe Lions Club. For more information visit www.looelions.co.uk/carboot
(For the benefit of non-UK visitors to this page, car boot sales in England are a comparatively recent phenomenon where people take their unwanted possessions, ornaments, old tools, electrical equipment, discarded clothes in the boot or trunk of their car, set up a table to display it alongside a few or many others and sell the items for whatever they can negotiate with other people who are looking for a bargain. Most items sell for a very low price but sellers get rid of clutter and buyers acquire things they want for little expense. Car boot sales have, in the last 20 years, become a national institution).
Trago Mills- no visit to Cornwall these days is complete without visiting Trago Mills. A unique retailing phenomenon. Look out for the gargoyles and statues of local and national politicians whom the owner didn't like and his weekly column ("signed "Tripehound") in the Trago Mills ad in the local paper, the Cornish Times. And save serious amounts of money at Trago. Good cafe on-site and seriously good value all-day breakfasts. Very crowded at weekends and in poor weather in high season.
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