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Polperro Chapel Cliff Walk

Start & Finish: Near Polperro, South East Cornwall PL13 2QY – The shelter above Polperro harbour (Google Map). Parking on edge of Polperro, then either get shuttle bus or walk to town.

Just over an hour away from us here at Bowerland, why not take a scenic dog-friendly walk on the edge of the ancient, bustling fishing village of Polperro? 

Polperro has a wild and rocky shore and has a small sandy beach located just outside the main breakwater. The beach is in front of Willy Wilcox cave, believed to have been used by smugglers. Along the dramatic rugged coastline is a natural pool, used for swimming.

Sit and admire the stunning views along the coast to Devon and down into Cornwall. Also look out for caves and the old net loft. 


  • Follow signs to the coast path above the harbour of Polperro. Start the walk by the shelter and head west along the lower path.
  • After 50yd branch left; a little further on you’ll come across a good viewpoint where you can see east to Rame Head. On a good day you can see even further up the coast of South Devon.
  • Continue keeping left, past a bench and another shelter.  Take the steps up the hill. Can you see some blocked off caves on your right? You should also pass a rocky outcrop, this is an excellent spot to take in the views.
  • When you come to a junction, head left.  At the path’s fork, take a left down the (lower) path and through the privet trees. 
  • Leaving the wooded area should reveal a view west as far as Dodman Point.
  • You’ll come to a right turn in the path, take this up the steps and across a spring. At the top follow signs for the coast path back towards Polperro.
  • At the fork in the road, take the right path heading down the hill.
  • When you get to the bottom, you should meet the path you were on previously. Turn left.
  • At the next junction, stay left towards a bench. Can you see another bench? Continue past that one too.
  • At the waymarker, follow the coast path down the hill, making sure to take in the view over the bay and back to the starting point.
  • If you have time, explore the old National Trust net loft on the rocks at the harbour’s edge.

Read more Wednesday Walks HERE.

Come and stay with us in our cottage style apartments, right in the heart of Dartmoor, and try our amazing Wednesday Walks for yourself.


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