Back from a wonderful weekend in Polperro, a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure, a much needed break from the city life.
I was instantly charmed by how untouched Polperro is, it lets you imagine how a little fishing village would have looked back in the days. The peaceful sound of flowing water is your constant companion, either its the canal flowing alongside the street as you walk from one end of the village to the other or you have the sea for company if you walk down the coastal path. This village is as dog friendly as it gets. There are plenty of cute little restaurants and pubs, and all welcome dogs with water bowls and treats!
How we got there
Since we moved from the US a couple of years ago and getting a British license is a painfully long process, neither my husband nor I have a valid license to drive here. So, we took the Great Western Railway from London Paddington to Liskeard, which took about 4 hours. Then we took a bus (No.73) from Liskeard to Polperro, which took another 45 minutes. Overall, it was an easy commute and Mr. Ari was well behaved enjoying the attention and affection from fellow commuters.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Penryn House which is a family run B&B. We had a fabulous stay and ate the most delicious freshly made breakfast every morning. Our host/owner was a sweet lady and Ari enjoyed the company of her English Bull Mastiff, Nala.
What we did
To truly appreciate Polperro, we wanted to experience their easy and relaxed pace of life. We spent a day and half just walking around the village, sitting by the harbour, watching sail boats and sipping on tea, walking on the beach, letting Ari socialise with other dogs, sipping cornish ales in cutest traditional pubs, munching on pasties as we window shopped in the little boutique stores, chatting up with locals, it was just blissful!
On our last day, we did the coastal walk from Polperro to Talland Bay. We were rewarded with some gorgeous breathtaking views. Ari's encounter with the sheep was very interesting, they had quite a long stare-off. We were truly in love with the Cornish countryside! This was a relatively easy trail with a couple of steep climbs. There is a small cafe when you get to Talland Bay. We sat in one of their colourful beach huts and enjoyed a Cornish cream tea.
Places we recommend:
All are dog-friendly, of course!
A charming and cozy pub with wonderful decor as well as a great dinner menu. My husband and I are both vegetarians and found good options on their menu. Definitely worth a visit.
We absolutely loved the food here! On a Saturday night, this was the place to be. We did not have reservations, but we got lucky. The entire restaurant was booked for the night, so make reservations well in advance! Ari was offered a biscuit, so they get a thumbs-up from him as well.
Located near the harbour, Blue Peter Inn gives you the sense of an old English pub. Have a cornish ale and chat with the locals or fellow tourists. This one is not to be missed.
To have Ari as our travelling companion was wonderful and Polperro made it so easy for all of us to have an awesome time. We hope to go on many more adventures with Ari. Hope you guys are planning an adventure with your fur baby soon. Carpe Diem!
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