|DynneYrghewgh dhe Borthpyra
- gemm Kernewek!
Welcome to Polperro
Narrow, winding streets and alleys, cottages perched on steep
slopes overlooking a tiny harbour -
Polperro is everyone's idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village
visit and you may want to stay - for ever
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or telephone 01503 272 241
3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6
Centre of Polperro - garden & patio
Contemporary style - well equipped
Wi-fi broadband included in price
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So, you thought your move was difficult?
Moving house in Polperro - the full
|Size really does matter in Polperro!
and businesses in Polperro, fed up with their properties being damaged
by vans and large vehicles trying to navigate the narrow lanes have
issued some friendly advice to delivery vehicle drivers. Cllr Edwina
Hannaford, Cornwall Councillor for West Looe and Lansallos has
sent supplies of a new flyer to supermarket companies and delivery
firms to give to their drivers and it urges them to use the special
off-loading area by the bus stop in the village centre and not to
attempt to reach their delivery address in their van or lorry. Copies
of the new flyer will also be available to residents to give to delivery
drivers - click
here to see the flyer. More on this
www.polperro.org - news - 9 May 2012
|Visit our jammed
page to see and learn how you can't just trust your satnav when it
comes to narrow streets
is the view you'll wake up to if you rent East Cliff Cottage for your
holiday - see this and all our other great places to stay -
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or other holiday accommodation on this website contact us - click here
Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing
|The museum vividly
brings to life the story of this Cornish fishing village's extraordinary
history of smuggling and fishing and many of the colourful characters
involved in each of these
|2013 Opening Times:
Open every day from Easter until end of October from 10:30am until
4:30pm (opens/closes 30 mins earlier/later in high season)
Admission charges: Adults & children over 12 years £2,
children 5-12 years 50p, children under 5 years - free
More on our Museum
page - click
of a Victorian childhood
Read the charming recollections of Muriel
Jerram who grew up in Victorian and Edwardian times in
Talland and Polperro. This is a 25 page PDF document with illustrations.
Thanks to her great niece Frances Impey who has kindly allowed
us to make the recollections available online - click
here for a free download.
You will need an acrobat reader on your computer
- if you haven't got one click on the adobe logo below to go to www.adobe.com
for a free download
www.polperro.org - 1 June 2012
To visit the Talland website - click
- latest links below.
Also try our LINKS page
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| The Porthpyra
Singers are a mixed choir which practises on Monday evenings
at Polperro Primary School. Fancy joining? Would you like to
attend one of their concerts or have them sing at the charitable fund-raising
event you are organising?
Visit their website
Arts Foundation is the gallery and studio for the local artists
and craftspeople of Polperro and the surrounding area. The studio-gallery
is a beautiful large space overlooking Polperro's historic harbour
and the fish quay. Founded ten years ago it is continuing Polperro's
long association with the arts and crafts and has existed as a studio-gallery
for nearly 50 yrs. It has a broad membership of artists, photographers
and craftspeople supported by many friends and sponsors including
the Lottery Fund.
Visit their website - click
Environmental Group (PEG) is a collective and creative
group moving towards a low-energy, resilient and self-sustaining community
using local skills, knowledge, wisdom and alternative technologies.
The group supports the Transition Movement in the UK and is working
towards becoming a Transition Village in the future.
Visit the PEG website
you have family connections with Polperro?
You might have! Check out your family name
on the Polperro Family History Society's pages - click
Parking in Polperro
Coming soon: our new page all about car parking and car
parking charges in Polperro: Can you park in the village?
How much does it cost to park? Tips on how to get the best value.
And what has been the experience of other visitors to Polperro?
Get yourself a copy of the excellent RNLI leaflet Your Guide
to Beach Safety if you are going swimming, surfing, or even
just paddling, playing, rock-pooling or walking on the beach.
You can get a copy at Polperro Post Office, or from RNLI lifeboat
stations, telephone 0800 328 0600 or visit the RNLI
out, blue sky, no storm - no Flood Warning
After weeks of storms and rain so far
this year, Cornwall is at last basking in sunshine today. The Environment
Agency has withdrawn its Flood Alerts and Warnings and the weather
outlook is a return to more typical winter weather in the week or
Polperro is fortunate to have a modern harbour
gate to close off its harbour to storm surges and the village also
benefits from a flood relief system which diverts excess river flow
from the River Pol away from the village and through the cliffs out
to sea, so it is not as vulnerable to storm surges and flooding these
days as it used to be and as many other places on the Cornish coast
still are, such as its larger neighbour, Looe. However, the village
has certainly not not escaped storm damage, with fishermen's sheds
at the harbour destroyed and some house roofs damaged.
For visitors keen to see the grandeur of the sea
in safety and then enjoy exploring our picturesque village and its
great shops, pubs and restaurants the message is clear and simple
- come to Polperro, we're still here and open for business!
The lastest flood position can be seen on the Environment Agency's
website - click
www.polperro.org - news - 11:38, 16 February 2014
|Well - what a storm!
What a night!
The South Cornwall coast experienced one of its worst storms for very
many years last night - one local resident said, "The storm
raging outside is without doubt the very worst I've ever known down
here in 29 years. It is very scary. All the windows are shaking and
rattling, the house is creaking & stuff outside flying about all
over the place banging & clattering..."
Did the authorities not see it coming? There was no Flood Warning
in place until 10:30 at night but then it was the very highest category
- Severe Flood - which means there is a real risk to life. And the
weather forecasters were for a couple of days forecasting strong winds
but not as bad as happened over the weekend.
www.polperro.org - news - 12:20, 5 February 2014
about risk to life of "wave-watching"
Various authorities have
warned about the dangers of "wave-watching" during periods
of high winds and rough seas - it is easy for
people to be overwhelmed by unexpected waves which may contain rocks
and stones so there is a real risk to life. Already this winter there
have been fatalities to photographers and others drawn to experiencing
the awesome power of the sea a little too closely - so take care!
cause Coastal Path Closures
There are reports that due to a fissure opening
up, the south west coast path just west of Talland has been closed.
In December a section of the path to the east of Talland was closed
due to a risk of a land slip. There are simple diversions in both
cases. A diversion of a short section of the coastal path due to a
landslip between Polperro and Lansallos was last week extended until
2016 by Cornwall Council.
www.polperro.org - news - Tuesday 4 February 2014.
See our "Floods" page for more on past floods etc -
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or the surrounding area, let us know - click here
Simon Lawrence is a photographer with
an exceptional eye both for the details most of us overlook
and the wide views that capture the essence of a place and are
simply stunning. Like most visitors Simon, having discovered
this delightful village, took photos of it - but what photos!
So enamoured of the village and its surrounding area was Simon
that he has returned several times since and has widened his
portfolio of exceptional photos of our Cornish gem.
Here are just four of his many photos of the
village - click on them to get larger versions. You can see
many more on his website - click
here. And if you fancy some of his pictures on your
wall, Simon will sell you high quality prints of your favourite
Bob Tarr, webmaster - www.polperro.org - 8 May 2013
through history with Tony Robinson
the late 18th century there was a sure-fire way to earn a living along
the Cornish coast: smuggling. The tiny secretive harbours, beaches
and secluded coves were ideal for the infamous illicit imports: brandy
for the parson, tobacco for the clerk... It's also great walking country,
as Tony discovers in his four-day trek along the stunning coastline
between Plymouth and Falmouth. And the facts are extraordinary. Half
of the brandy drunk in the country in the 1780s had been smuggled
in illicitly through Cornwall. The smuggling business was so huge
that it threatened the national economy.
In a recent episode of his Channel 4 television
series "Walking through History" Tony discovered
why so many people were involved in the trade, and why everyone else
turned a blind eye. Along his route, visiting such beauty spots as
Lantic Bay and Polperro, he encountered all sorts of reminders of
the trade. He met descendants of the smugglers, handled weapons used
in battles with the revenue men, and inspected secret account books
kept by the smugglers' banker. He also heard how the government gradually
turned the screws on the criminals, making their lives almost impossible,
and how, in a surprising twist, the Cornish themselves decided that
maybe their activities were slightly immoral!
This programme is still available on 4oD - click
www.polperro.org - Visit our page on smuggling
Knitfrocks feature on BBC TV's "Coast"
Ruth Goodman, one of TV's most popular "living
historians", who came to fame through "The Victorian Farm"
and other programmes, was featured on a recent edition of the major
BBC television documentary series Coast .
Ruth came to Polperro to learn about "Polperro
Knitfrocks" - jerseys worn by fishermen and knitted by the women
(and the men) of the village. Ruth learned from Mary Wright, the author
of the definitive book on Knitfrocks how the village became a hand
knitting "factory" as a result of the expertise of the knitters
and the popularity of the woollen knitfrocks or jerseys which had
become the standard uniform of fishermen.
More information and photos on our knitfrocks
page - and a link to Polperro Heritage Press which publishes
Mary Wright's book and can be purchased online.
www.polperro.org - news - 20 April 2013
Forget about the Euro, Dollar and Pound Sterling
- what the world needs now is the Polperro Pound! And it's no good
saying it's untried and doomed to failure because history shows
it's all been done before. Polperro Heritage Museum has brought
the Polperro pound home - see and read about it on our new Polperro
to do at (and from) Polperro?
1. Explore Polperro - narrow winding
streets & lanes with great views of the picturesque harbour
and village at every turn - bring lots of spare film or memory
cards. 2. Browse the eclectic
mixture of quirky and fascinating shops. 3.
Enjoy the selection of great pubs, cafes and restaurants. 4.
Visit Polperro's unique Heritage museum of fishing and smuggling
and learn about Polperro's colourful past*. 5.
And, when you've done all that, there are wonderful coastal walks
on the South West Coastal Path - east to Talland Bay and Looe,
west to Lansallos, Lantic Bay and Polruan. 6.
There are boat trips and 7.
shark fishing. 8. Cornwall's
biggest tourist attraction -The Eden Project - is an easy 30
mins drive (open all year). 9.
Three National Trust houses are within easy reach - Lanhydrock,
Antony House and Cotehele (Cotehele is open in December for viewings
of its famous Christmas Garlands). 10.
There are superb Cornish gardens to visit including Headland
at nearby Polruan. 11. Visit Looe
- Polperro's bigger neighbour and 11.
Take a boat trip to Looe Island. 12.
Polruan & Fowey - take the Bodinnick car ferry or Polruan
foot ferry and enjoy this historic town and its beautiful river estuary.
13. Liskeard - a bustling
market town with some notable victorian architecture and an interesting
museum - 14. go there by train
on the Looe Valley line from Looe for the best views. There's
101 things to do at and from Polperro - we've not enough space on
this page to list the remaining 87 - but we're working
on a new page that will!
*The Polperro Heritage Museum is open daily (including Sundays)
between 11am and 5pm from March until October.