In a Nutshell
The classic smugglers' village on the Cornish coast. This village retains so much of its heritage and atmosphere, with narrow, winding streets and white-washed cottages seemingly piled on top of each other. A must see village but try and visit off-season for the real effect.
Parking and Pooping
Situated on the coast between Looe ad Fowey, you approach Polperro down the A387 where you will find a large, dedicated car park just outside the village. Polperro is restricted to traffic, so you need to park here at a charge and walk (or take the shuttle in summer) down the 'The Coombe' to the village proper. A word of warning, the ticket machines talk loudly to you as you approach - it can be a bit of a surprise on a quiet December afternoon!
There is no grass at the car park, but there are grass verges along the walk to the village for pup. Make use of them though as in common with a lot of the steep sided harbour villages in the area, there is no grass in the village itself.
Other than permit holders, Polperro's streets are car free during the summer season. Good thing too as the village has narrow, winding roads that are filled with milling tourists. Walking therefore is easy for pup along the narrow roads rather than pavements. There are a few benches either side of the harbour and winding side streets to explore. You can walk right down to the beach outside the harbour wall where the locals exercise their dogs in the evening
Keeping the Humans Amused
You really feel the history of this little harbour as you walk around. The fisherman's cottages are the real deal and you'll see the fishing nets and bouys propped against the white-washed walls.
Tourists are kept happy with a range of individual craft shops, making and selling everything from candles to cuckoo clocks. There is a Heritage Centre and Model Village to give you a better feel for history and layout of the village. Keep to the left of the harbour and walk along 'The Warren' to find the coastal path for more spectacular views of the harbour and surrounding coastline.
Polperro is known for having a good selection of pubs and restaurants selling locally caught seafood. At the top of the Coombe, close to the car park is the Crumplehorn Inn and Mill which is dog friendly in the bars and has seating outside too. There are of course the ubiquitous pasty shops too if you fancy a hot snack as you walk.
Looe, 4.7 miles
Fowey, 22 miles