Lansallos and Polperro figure of eight

 

This is a spectacular walk but is quite tough - there are some big climbs, even by Cornish standards!  Park at the NT car park in Lansallos (up the road from from the church) and the outward leg to Polperro takes about 2 to 2.5 hours.  Lots of refreshment options in Polperro (we like the Museum Cafe and the Three Pilchards pub) and the walk back is about 1.5 hours.  NB there are places where the path is very close to the cliff edge - please take care

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Park in the National Trust car park at Lansallos.  It's  £8 for the day - you can pay on your phone.  Walk down towards the church and stay on the road out Lansallos for about half a mile.  Look for  gate on the right to East Combe.  Go through here and down a wonderful path to the sea.

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When you get to the bottom there is a seat to look at the sea.  Turn left over the bridge and it's straight on to Polperro. 

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You have two big hills in quick succession and then another after a bit.  After that the going is much easier.  There are seats at the top of the hills to get your breath back!  Best to ignore the occasional signs to alternative routes to Polperro and stay on the coast path

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Your get your rewards in Polperro - we have had good reports about the Three Pilchards, and the Museum Cafe on the other side of the harbour by the museum does nice cream teas.

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To get back to Lansallos take the road which goes up the west side of Polperro (not the one to the car park).  This is a very quiet road - go up the hill and then along a further mile or so and you will come to a junction (big sign saying junction in 50 yds).  Just before the junction take the footpath on the left - this goes across the fields (and past Nick and Sally's latest fantasy project - above!) and takes you to the coast path again.  Turn right this time and you will get to Lansallos beach (good swimming in summer), from here there is a footpath back into the village and car park.