Polperro and Padstow

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
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Trip End Jun 12, 2010


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cant believe it's the last day in Cornwall already, wow it went past quick!

So today we are going to start in Portperro, arguably the most picturesque old fishing village in Cornwall. Weather great again so we brave the narrow lanes, switchback turns and steep, steep hills!

But first, a traditional British Breakfast. A lot of food, keeps you going all day. Fantastic treat once in a while, washed down with a nice cuppa!

As we drop down into Polperro it comes clear that you can’t drive directly into the village, you have to park and then either walk, ride in a horse and buggy or take a mini bus! We decide to walk. It’s neat to see the small river run between the houses and the street with all the little bridges. The streets were built waaaaaaaay before cars just big enough for the fisherman to bring home their catch which was kept in the ground floor of the house while the family lived above. Now days, many of these are quaint cafes and gift shops, although there is still a thriving fishing industry here. Walking around here gives you a real sense of history, the docks, the little fishing boats and old pubs that you can just imagine Pirates and Smugglers having a pint of Ale in. Add to this the caves on the beach you wouldn’t be surprised to bump into Captain Jack Sparrow any minute! Also noticed once again, so many people bring their dogs with them. They are allowed pretty much everywhere a person goes, on or off lease. I wish we could do that here in the US. We met a especially nice Golden Retriever, but of course I’m biased!

Where to next? Looked at the map and decided to go across to the other coast via Bodmin Moor. We ended up in Padstow, another fishing village, had afternoon tea, and then headed back to the hotel via the cliff road. I love these little roads, the way they drop down to each cove we pass through, then climb up the other side again. These little coves are all outlets for rivers that run down from the hills and then through the beach creating all sorts of fun for the little pirates out there. Back to the hotel, more Greek food and bed. Tomorrow we head back to Farnham for the last day, stopping at Dawlish in Devon on the way. See you later.
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