A Jewel in the Cornish Crown


Where the Cornish coast meets the rolling Bodmin Moor, you will find the small village of Polperro nestled in a charming little harbour at the mouth of the River Pol.  Here lies a true gem.


If arriving by car you will need to leave it at the main car park at the top of the village, but don’t be deterred.  All the effort to get here is worth it.  Traffic restrictions allow you to get in amongst it all.

The 14th century Crumplehorn Inn and Mill with its amazingly restored and operating water wheel at the entrance,  is an early indicator of the charm that awaits you.

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Crumplehorn Inn and Mill water wheel, Polperro, Cornwall Photograph: GRACIE

Wandering the narrow streets and paths is a sheer joy.  Cottages, built by the Cornish fisherman of old, cluster together creating this quaint and charming village.  It’s all so up close and personal.


White painted cottages Polperro, Cornwall Photograph: GRACIE

You won’t find Doc Martin here, but you can be forgiven for expecting to.

Polperro, Cornwall  Photograph:  GRACIE

Polperro, Cornwall Photograph: GRACIE

If you come by boat, be sure to check the tides!


River Pol estuary Polperro, Cornwall at low tide Photograph: GRACIE

Picturesque harbour Polperro, Cornwall   Photograph:  GRACIE

Picturesque harbour Polperro, Cornwall Photograph: GRACIE

It’s not hard to imagine the wagonloads of contraband that passed through the narrow streets of the village under the cover of night.  Tobacco bales, brandy casks – the smuggling trade was rife.  A visit to the Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing located in an old pilchard factory on the harbourside offers a great insight into the trade.



Before you ‘Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen!’ be sure to check out the many galleries selling work by local artists and the gift shops selling a refreshing change from the normal souvenirs we find everywhere.  A great way to round off what’s sure to be a truly memorable visit.