There’s a nice short section of the South West Coast Path between Polperro and Talland Bay, so if you fancy exploring a little further afield at your leisure this is a great Polperro walk to bear in mind. The walk starts at Crumplehorn car park and follows footpaths and winding country lanes to the old smugglers’ stomping ground of Talland.
The walk’s just under 4 miles long and can be hilly in places so it has a difficulty rating of ‘moderate’. If the weather’s clear when you tackle this walk try and see the Eddystone Lighthouse over at Rame Head, it may be 9 miles away but if the weather’s just right you’ll be able to spot it in the distance. Look out for Talland Church as you reach the bay too, as it dates back to the thirteenth century and has one of Cornwall’s quirkiest tales attached to it.
Rumour has it that in the days when smugglers roamed the shores at night the church vicar could often be seen dancing and whipping a whip in the churchyard. He claimed that he was warding off evil spirits, but locals believe that he was actually deterring people from venturing near so that the smugglers could go about their business unnoticed!