Walk 2

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 places.

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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