Safety First in Polperro

A popular walk beyond the net loft at Polperro and out to the headland to the west of the harbour is being given a spring makeover with the replacement of old handrails that have come to the end of their life.

The path has a significant drop on either side for a short stretch, so the new weather-resistant metal railings will make it safer for the many thousands of visitors who come to Polperro each year, and wish to walk to the headland and look back on the village and the harbour, as well as out to sea and walk along the coast in a westerly direction.

Other improvements as part of this National Trust project include repairing and clearing the vegetation from two stone shelters adjacent to the South West Coast Path, repairing steps on the link path, and removing worn-out chain-mesh fencing and posts.

Major funding for the work has come from John Fowler Holidays, which owns both Trelawne Manor Holiday Park and Killigarth Manor Holiday Park between Looe and Polperro. Duncan Lancaster, General Manager for the holiday parks, says, “As a long-established family-run business in the South West, John Fowler Holidays are delighted to be associated with such a worthy scheme that will benefit many local people, as well as visitors to the area who come to enjoy all the fantastic walks the area has to offer.”

Andy Simmons from the National Trust, adds: ”Polperro is a beautiful place for walking and has some great views. The work to upgrade the path has made it even better and safer for walkers and the funding has helped us to do a lot of much-needed improvement work.”

Additional funding has come from Lansallos Parish Council and Cornwall Council from its Community Grant Fund through local County Councillor Edwina Hannaford.

The net loft and beyond to the west of Polperro – the old rusty handrails in the foreground are being replaced by new ones, shown close to the net loft.


Published on: April 20, 2012