Fowey to Polperro
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After a ferry to Polruan, be prepared for a challenging section of the Path. Be sure to rest between steep ascents and take in the expansive landscape as reward.
Today you start off by catching a small passenger ferry across to Polruan. It's quite a steep start to the walk today heading up to the cliff tops but you will be rewarded with some fabulous views. The route is very remote and wild. Head down to the unspoilt beach of Lantic Bay with its turquoise sea.
The cliff line is largely unfenced across the entire SWCP trail. Be sure to keep away from the edge, stay out of fenced-off areas, and take extra caution when there is a steep slope beside the path. Be vigilant also of walkers, walking in the opposite direction.
Please take care while walking along the coastal path as some sections can be narrow and may have exposed cliff-edge walking. If any erosion has taken place a diversion will have been put in place so please follow these diversion details and signs where necessary.
There may be sections of roads with no pavement. Walk on the right-hand side facing the oncoming traffic.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.
The paths can be rocky in places; take care as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
For any river crossing - there are always normally stepping stones or an obvious way to cross - be careful when crossing as it can be very slippery.
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*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided these route notes to help you. The South West Coast Path is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day. The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***
From Fowey, you will take the short ferry crossing to Polruan to begin today's walk (for more information - http://www.ctomsandson.co.uk/polruan-ferry/ferry-fares-and-timetables/). From the Fowey ferry landing point, this strenuous 7mile stretch begins with a meander through pretty Polruan. Emerging by the coastguard lookout at the top of the village, the path then leads you on a jaunt eastwards around Lantic Bay and its popular beach.
At the end, a stiff climb brings you out above Pencarrow Head, with its lovely clear-day views all the way back to the Lizard. The path then follows several steep ascents as it struggles up and down along the cliff edge at the eastern end of Lantivet Bay.
An unusual white stone cone and the natural rock arch at Blackybale Point provides distractions from your aching legs, this is a pretty tough section. The reward however is the lovely Polperro for your overnight accommodation.
*** This is the end of our Fowey to Polperro route. Please use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. For those doing one of our shorter/longer walking itineraries you are likely to be walking onward to overnight in Looe - Please move onto the next route in the Macs App which is Polperro to Looe ***
Sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing items, and a waterproof/wind-break layer may all be required. The weather in the south is usually better than the rest of the UK and temperatures can sore, especially in the summer months. Make sure to check the weather before you go to see if you need suncream or a waterproof layer, as the weather can change quickly.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it could be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Take plenty of water for the day's walk - especially if a high temperature in the summer.
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