Polruan is an ancient fishing village in South East Cornwall, looking over the Fowey river estuary. The whole village is on a steep hill, it has two pubs and one village shop. There is also a shop called the Winkle Picker down on the quay which doubles up as the post office. There is only one main road that goes through the village from the top down to the quay. During the 19th century Polruan was a major shipbuilding port.
Our Visit to Polruan
We sailed from the River Yealm to Fowey and we stayed there for 3 nights. Whilst there we took the dinghy to Polruan and walked up the hill to the play park, stopping for a drink at The Lugger Inn on the way back down.
The views from the top are amazing!
St Saviour’s Chapel Ruin
At the very top of the hill you will find St Saviour’s Chapel ruin. It dates back to the 8th century. It would have been a prominent landmark for ships.
You can also walk down from here to see Polruan blockhouse. It was built as part of a pair, the other was located on the Fowey side of the river. There was a chain that connected the two, barring access into the harbour. They were built during the end of the 14th century.
If you’d like to visit Fowey while you are there you can catch the ferry down on the quay. The crossing takes about 5 minutes.
Sailing in Polruan and Fowey
If you are sailing and moor in Fowey harbour you can take your dinghy to the quay at Polruan and tie up on the town pontoon. They have lifejacket lockers which costs a refundable £1.
In Fowey the blue mooring buoys are the visitor ones. There is also a few visitor pontoons. In the picture below you can see Polruan on the right and Fowey on the left