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My husband and I visited Polperro on Saturday 1st March after 5 years. We always loved it and its atmosphere but this time were absolutely disgusted by the sight of this normally vibrant cornish village, albeit not quite in the tourist season. We found it to be dull, dirty and unwelcoming with many of the shops and restaurants closed and unkempt. The only restaurant which we found open we would not have gone into so after a long walk from the car park there was no-where we could get a coffee or indeed a cornish tea!! I'm afraid it will be a long time before we visit again - very disappointed, needs a lot of care and attention I'm afraid, such a shame. There were several tourists arriving when we were leaving and we felt sorry for them, nothing was open, compared to Looe and Mevagissey where everything was open. Very disappointing.

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11. Re: Disappointed

There are no footpath closures or diversions in any of those areas according to the website southwestcoastpath.com/newsapp/article/133/

We have had dry weather now for well over a week and things are drying up nicely.

I have walked most of the south coast in that area, and its beautiful as you probably know.

Enjoy your visit and I hope the dry weather stays around for you.

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12. Re: Disappointed

Go to www.southwestcoastpath.com and you will find news about all diversions caused by cliff falls etc.

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13. Re: Disappointed

As I said yesterday!!

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14. Re: Disappointed

Is there an echo in here?

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15. Re: Disappointed

Thanks for replies. We are really looking forward to revisiting the area.

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16. Re: Disappointed

Further to my previous post, we had a lovely week in Cornwall and walked about 50 miles of the SWCP which is stunning. Although it was cold and we got very wet one day, it was an enjoyable stay. Looe was busy but the main street is too commercialised for me, however the old town part is very atmospheric with some lovely places to eat. We had one of the best cream teas in a little old fashioned tea shop here - yummy and I made a pig of myself. Mevagissey, Polruan, Fowey, Port Issac all getting ready for the main tourist season. Although many little places on the SWCP were not open at this time of year and we were disappointed not to be able to get a coffee en-route, it did not detract from our enjoyment of the area. Found a lovely little area called Polkerris whilst walking to Fowey from Par and can see that this would be very popular in the season. Charlestown is another lovely spot that we have never visited before. It is amazing what you come across when walking. Hated the high parking charges though as I assume most people do. Lost count of how much we spend on all day parking - when walking you never know how long you will be. Even tiny little areas had Pay and Display notices. Oh well sign of the times and tourists have to pay for the low season. I am sure the local people are not pleased with the high charges either. Will be going back to do some more walking as soon as we can.

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17. Re: Disappointed

I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday. The National Trust owns lots of little car parks near the coastal path and they are free for members to use. However it may be difficult to find public transport for your return journey so you would have to do either a circular walk or a "there and back again"

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18. Re: Disappointed

We have a cottage in Polperro and are very regular visitors, particularly in the winter, and were there when it experienced two huge storms at the beginning of February. As soon as the weather picked up people started to repair, tidy and paint and Polperro is now looking very pretty and attractive again.

I think it is important to decide what you want from a day out. For open cafes and shops visit in spring or summer. If you prefer peace and quiet and to sit by an open fire in a friendly pub the winter is best.

The natural beauty of Polperro and it's coastal walks are wonderful all year round, the cliff paths are an absolute picture at the moment - bordered all the way along by a wide variety of wild flowers - absolutely stunning!

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19. Re: Disappointed

We deliberately visit Polperro out of season! It's the best time - a super place! Couldn't find a cup of tea? ridiculous! All the pubs sell tea and coffee and how lovely it would have been by the real log fires! You missed a treat!

On a different subject - what date is the November fireworks this year please?

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20. Re: Disappointed

I agree with previous posts advising people to research the area theyre going to check its for them!!!!!! We love polperro!!!!!!! We visit at least 3 times a year and all out of season,because thats what we want!!!!! Whether it be a hotel, cozy cottage or caravan, we want a break!! Out of a busy working rat race, without over tourist filled shops/cafes/restaurants, just quiet walkways, relaxed happy locals and regular out of season visitors, who appreciate wellies on a pebble beach, pub grub by an open fire, lively waves through a sea view living room window, people who don't like polperro dont appreciate nature!!! Buildings will always look battered and worn when thats what they are from the weather!!!! If you live/stay in the village then parking really isnt an issue however I would rather pay £4 for 3 hrs breathing fresh air and watching the sea than the same for most town/city carparks throughout the UK!! I do feel passionate about this!

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