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The pretty little village of Polruan is nestled on the banks of the Fowey Estuary, overlooking the vibrant town of Fowey itself. The stretch of water between them in South Cornwall is often dotted with boats and the cobbled streets of the village snake their way down the steep hill to the harbour. Steeped in maritime history, Polruan may only be small but it is full of things to discover.
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About Polruan and its history
Much of Polruan’s unspoilt charm comes from its intriguing history and boat building heritage. Today the busy fishing village still has an active boat yard where it continues to repair and build all kinds of different boats. In the harbour you can also see the fisherman returning each day with their catch.
There are a number of historic buildings that remain in the village today. In the 14th century two blockhouses were built to protect the harbour from pirates. A chain would be pulled across the river between Polruan and Fowey to stop large vessels entering. The well preserved Polruan Blockhouse is the only one to still exist.
High up on the hill above the village stands St Saviours Ruin. Dating right back to the 8th century this chapel existed before any of the surrounding churches, providing a lookout point for approaching ships. Although today, only the remains are still standing, but from these you can see that once this was an impressive structure.
Another intriguing structure found on the rocks beneath the cliffs, is Punches Cross. There are several stories that offer explanations to the significance of this wooden cross but the truth is unknown. Today it provides an indication that there are dangerous rocks below during high tide as the top is just about visible.
Others things to do
With Fowey only just across the water, you’ll want to explore the busy town during your stay in Polruan - conveniently you can hop on the passenger ferry every 15 minutes. Once you get to Fowey you can choose whether to stay put or take another boat trip. The Fowey estuary is the inspiration behind Kenneth Graham’s children’s tale of The Wind in the Willows, so see if you can spot Ratty or Mole during the Wind in the Willows River Trip which takes you on to Lerryn. You can also enjoy boat trips to the likes of nearby Lostwithiel or across St Austell Bay to Mevagissey.
If you fancy a day on the beach, grab your bucket and spade and head to Lantic Bay found to the west of Pencarrow Head. The beach is divided into Great Lantic and Little Lantic and these are reached by steep steps. Don’t let that put you off though because at the bottom you will be met by a lovely sheltered, sandy stretch with plenty of rock pools for exploring!
If you’re heading out for dinner, there are two popular pubs in Polruan, the Lugger Inn which looks out across the harbour and Russel Inn nestled in the centre of the village. Both offer home cooked quality meals throughout the day and a traditional Cornish welcome. You’ll also find Harbour Café on the Quayside, a convenient daytime stop-off!
Like anywhere in Cornwall, you will have easy access to a number of fantastic walking routes. Instead of catching the ferry across to Fowey you could take the scenic three mile walk along the South West Coast Path. This will take in magnificent views back across Polruan and will lead you past Readymoney Beach, where the famous Daphne Du Maurier lived for a short time.
If you want to venture a little further afield, another charming fishing village, Polperro, is just a few miles in one direction with Looe beyond that. On from Fowey you will find the bustling market town of St Austell.