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Small sailboat with Polruan in background

Polruan

Polruan is a lovely village with a working shipyard and views across the estuary to Fowey.

A village reliant on fishing throughout the centuries, Polruan is now a quiet and safe haven for writers and artists alike; although seafaring remains ever-present. The boatyard is very much in working order, repairing fishing and sailing boats, which are often owned by the same family for generations.

Polruan street with bunting

The ancient ruins of St Saviour's Chapel high up on the headland give an indication of the long history of this place, as does the 14th century blockhouse, which was used to protect the harbour with a chain that stretched across the estuary to Fowey and could be raised to prevent intruders (and pirates!) The steep hills make the village a sheltered placed to visit and its many narrow cobbled lanes and pathways are a pleasure to explore. There is a small tidal beach here and the ferry to Fowey runs every 15 minutes from the quayside above.

There are two friendly local pubs and from here you can walk to Bodinnick (the Hall Walk) through National Trust woodland and via a footbridge across a tributary of the River Fowey at Pont Pill. It's well worth the walk, which covers around four miles in total.