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To step into Polruan is to step back in time to an era when life just didn't seem quite as fast-paced and frenzied. This is echoed and intensified in the charm and elegance of a Cornish village.

Facing Fowey on the other side of the harbour is the smaller community of Polruan, a village of considerable charm and character quite different to its larger neighbour. Typical narrow streets and steep footpaths wind their way around this tightly packed village where traditional cottages at the foot of the hill give way to more modern houses as the land rises away from the harbour.

Apart from the residential development that took place in the 1960s and 70s, the village has remained largely untouched for many generations and remains relatively quiet even in the busy summer months. The Polruan passenger ferry travels back and forth all day and into the evening during the main season which makes trips to Fowey quick and convenient.

For keen walkers the South West Coast Path works its way up from the Polruan Quay and then runs 7 miles eastwards to Polperro through National Trust protected coastal scenery - a fabulous walk with lots of ups and downs as you can imagine! For the less energetic, you can return to Fowey via Bodinnick, following the famous Hall Walk, a total distance of some four miles and acknowledged as one of the finest walks in the UK.

The beach at Lantic Bay is well worth a visit, and worth the very steep walk back up to the coast path, as it is the most stunning bay on a beautiful day.

Polruan has two traditional pubs, a couple of shops, including a general stores, and a small restaurant/cafe. The car park is situated towards the top of the village and has breathtaking views over the harbour.

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