Day 2: Polperro...

Experience - South Coast of Cornwall

Day 2: Polperro...

After another lovely breakfast, why not head east along the coastline to Polperro? Largely unspoilt, this quaint village, where pretty fishing cottages cling to steep hillsides around the harbour, is infamous as an old Cornish smuggler’s haunt….

Polperro dates from the 13th century, and originally belonged to the Raphael manor, itself recorded in the Domesday Book. For much of Polperro’s existence fishing – pilchards in particular – was the mainstay of the community’s fortune.

In the 18th century, whilst Britain was at war with its European neighbours, smuggling became rife as fishermen carried normally heavily-taxed items such as tobacco, brandy, gin and tea across from Guernsey. The simple mechanics of landing goods under the cover of darkness - often in foul weather - was dangerous and none to easy. But the economics of the situation encouraged normal-day fishing folk to become involved in this profitable illegal activity.

Alongside smuggling, privateers from Polperro were licenced by the Navy to engage, and, if possible, capture enemy ships which also brought considerable reward to the village. The two activities often existing as uneasy bed-fellows returning from combat with smuggling cargo!

Today Polperro is a charming spot on the south coast of Cornwall with a history which intrigues- we will pick out a few of the choice stories in your holiday information pack. There are some wonderful coastal walks either side of Polperro we can provide routes for, although in places it can be somewhat steep.

We can also arrange scenic boat trips up and down the coast to Looe, Fowey & Polruan or out around Looe island as well as fishing trips for those so inclined – catch everything from mackerel to shark!

Further on, if time allows, The Rame Peninsula is an oft overlooked part of Cornwall. Locally known as Cornwall’s ‘Forgotten Corner’ let us help you buck the trend of the well worn tourist path and explore this quiet corner. There are also several historic houses and gardens within striking distance…

When booking your holiday with Classic Escapes discuss your leisure interests with your dedicated holiday organiser.

Naturally we will pass on our lunch and evening meal recommendations, making reservations for you as appropriate. We keep up to date on where’s best!

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