Portholland and Portloe
Distance: 4.5 miles
The first half of this walk is mainly situated inland passing through
characteristic Cornish farming terrain. Apart from the initial long climb, the
remainder of the route to Portloe is fairly leisurely.
Waterproof footwear is essential at Cruggan Farm along the ploughed path.
Cruggan derives its name from the Cornish ‘cruc’ meaning burrow or hillock.
It is believed that the area could once have been a prehistoric burial mound.
Having rested in Portloe at one of its two pubs or shop-come-café venture
back to Portholland via the coastal path which can be unusually steep in some
The small fishing village of Portholland no longer exhibits its fishing
heritage but continues to thrive through the Cornish tourist trade. Though no
bigger than a few fishermen’s cottages, described by John Betjeman as “summer
hide-outs”, and a smallholding complete with poultry and doves, the village
retains a certain charm which draws in visitors from near and far.
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