A UK Coastal Trip – Charlestown

Read and look with caution. This is a virtual section of our coastal trip, with images and blurb taken from Tourist Board and town websites.

Talland visitcornwall.co.uk

Talland is a hamlet and ecclesiastical parish consisting of a church, the Old Vicarage and a few houses.

Polperro cornwalls.co.uk

Polperro is an unspoilt 13th century fishing village. A surfeit of touristy gift shops do not quite manage to spoil this quaint old Cornish fishing village whose narrow streets and pretty cottages remain undeniably attractive. Many of the cottages are covered with a profusion of flowers in summer and the streets are so narrow they are banned to cars, which makes Polperro an ideal place to explore on foot. The village has a rich history full of tales of fishing and smuggling through the ages.

Polruan cornwalls.co.uk

Polruan is an ancient fishing village just across the water from the better-known Fowey. Built on a very steep hill, Polruan is bounded on three sides by water: Pont Creek to the north, the River Fowey to the west and the English Channel to the south. Two blockhouses were built in Polruan and Fowey in the fourteenth century to protect the harbour from attack by pirates or the French. A chain was pulled tight across the river between the blockhouses to stop vessels entering in times of crisis. Although the one on the Fowey side is collapsing beyond repair, the one on the the Polruan side has been lovingly restored. Polruan is connected to Fowey by the Polruan Ferry, which crosses the harbour every fifteen minutes throughout the year. Aside from fishing, Polruan has a long history of boatbuilding and there is still an active boatyard today.

Readymoney Cove cornwalls.co.uk

A view past one of the ornamental turrets that adorn what are the public toilets at Fowey’s Readymoney Cove. The building was once a lime kiln and the kiln remains at the seaward side of the building. The name ‘Readymoney’ is believed to be derived from an old word, ‘redeman’, which was a shallow ford or stepping stones. Now its main role is as Fowey’s only beach.

Polkerris visitcornwall.co.uk

A sheltered harbour beach in the small village of Polkerris, overlooking St Austell Bay, with a stone quay providing shelter. This sandy beach is ideal for families, with facilities, including a slipway, right by the beach, watersport equipment for hire and water sports tuition available. Facing south west, the beach is perfect for late afternoons and glorious sunsets throughout the year. The beach has a pub, seafood restaurant and take away cafe and therefore offers a range of food and drink option. It is a short 5 min. walk down to the beach from the car park.

Carlyon Bay cornwalls.co.uk

 Carlyon Bay is a super sandy beach on the south Cornwall coast. Unfortunately, Carlyon Bay has been blighted in recent years by development work which is ongoing, but the beach is still accessible. There are no facilities.

Charlestown cornwalls.co.uk

The harbour village of Charlestown was a Georgian ‘new town’, a port development planned by local landowner Charles Rashleigh (after whom it was named) and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay. Throughout the nineteenth century the little dock was packed with ships and the harbourside sheds and warehouses thronged with complementary businesses: boatbuilding, ropemaking, brickworks, lime burning, net houses, bark houses and pilchard curing.

The historic port was used frequently for filming the hit period drama since it first appeared on BBC One in 2015 posing as Poldark’s 18th century Truro Harbour – a role it was perfectly suited for due to its resident tall ships and original granite quays. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and gift shops to be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking views out over St Austell Bay.

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