*Updated - 14 July, 2011
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Welcome to the ancient
fishing village of Polruan, famous for its boat building heritage. The Fowey
river estuary is a thriving centre for fishing, seafaring, shipbuilding and
Polruan is part of the parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey which is bounded by water on three sides - Penpoll Creek to the north, the Fowey River to the west and the sea to the south. The natural defences of sea and river, made the area an attractive dwelling place for the earliest inhabitants. This remoteness gives the area its unspoilt charm with its narrow streets and narrower alleyways where flights of slate steps twist between the houses.
Polruan is based on the south coast of
Cornwall on the river Fowey. If you are looking at a map you will find this
wonderful village opposite Fowey. It is a small village with only one road in
or out. The road goes through the middle of the village and ends up on the
village quay, where you will find the Lugger Inn,
which like most houses in the village has its own interesting
history. There are, however, two pubs in the village, the second being the
Russell Inn, which is literally just up the steps from the Lugger Inn. Both
pubs offer an excellent range of food at very reasonable prices. From the quay
you will find a passenger ferry that will take you across to Fowey. The journey
taking about 5 - 10 minutes. At the top of the village itself there
is a camp site should you feel hardy, but they have mobile homes available to
POLRUAN and district
A very old fishing village and where most of the fishing boat building took place (and today there is still an active boat yard, building and repairing boats of all types). It is said that St Ruan was the first to occupy the top of Polruan Hill, which is where St Saviours ruin stands today. Polruan is very steep and well protected from the prevailing winds and Polruan Pool is a haven for small boats. Polruan is part of the parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey and many of the residents are artists and writers who are attracted to the quiet nature of the village. The Polruan Ferry crosses the river to Fowey every 15 minutes every day of the year and is still the best way in and out of the village, as the alternative is either a drive to the Bodinnic Ferry or via Lostwithiel, a 40 minute journey.
St Saviours Ruin
Paunches. Pontius. Ponts. or the French Ponce' Cross)
Hall Walk: Polruan to Bodinnick
Tracey Tucker sets out to retrace Daphne du Maurier's footsteps through a historic part of Cornwall on the Hall Walk from Polruan to Bodinnick.
Polruan, in Cornwall, is imbued with a lingering, romantic atmosphere, for the history round these waters is truly ancient and whispers as you pass by.
One of the most interesting walks in this area is the Hall Walk, a three-mile excursion for which, if you are to enjoy it to the full, you should set aside a day.
The original walk was designed as the promenade for Hall Manor, which was built just above Bodinnick for an influential Cornish family in the 13th century. It is probable that the walk would then have included only the stretch of land round Penleath Point, but it was extended in later years to its present length.
1. Start off at Polruan, where the seagulls create a cacophony of cries. From the blockhouse - a dramatic starting-point - walk along West Street, across Fore Street and up East Street. You can only walk so far along East Street, before coming to a gate, beyond which you cannot go. Turn right here and you will see a sign that reads - in the manner of all good adventure stories - 'To the hills'.
2. Follow the steps up, past a big, pink house, until turning left onto a woodland path. Soon, there are fine views, over shingled roofs and seagull nests, out across the harbour and its swaying, clinking boats. It is no wonder that Mabel Lucie Attwell, doyenne of the English postcard, painted fairies and elves for children's books here.
3. If you keep to the main track you will eventually come to a small, clear brook, full of coppery stones. As you leave the woodland, you will see the estuary, Pont Pill, to your left. This is most definitely a place to stop and contemplate the wildlife. With the roots of trees clawing at the mud in the basin, you could almost be in Africa or some far-off swamp land.
4. Follow the signs and the main track to Pont, where you will be taken in by the beauty of the tiny harbour. A number of writers lived and wrote at Pont Creek - Kenneth Grahame for one was inspired by its unique peace.
5. Cross the Pont footbridge and walk to the edge of the woods, veer to your right to find the path again and then take a sharp left to walk on the other side of the creek. Follow the woodland path until you come to a gate and a field.
6. Walk along the bottom of the field and you will soon discover breathtaking vistas. You are approaching Penleath Point, which is marked by the 'Q' memorial, in memory of the writer Sir Arthur QuillerCouch - otherwise known as 'Q'.
7. As you look across the water from here, towards Fowey, there is a fine view of Place, a turreted building which towers like some fantastical castle above the town. Continue along the path, past the war memorial to your left and down towards a tinygateway.
8. This is the entrance to Bodinnick. The village has hardly changed since it was first visited by Daphne du Maurier. The house by the water at the bottom of the hill was her first Cornish home - the Swiss Cottage, which she renamed Ferryside.
9. Take the passenger ferry to return to Polruan.
Lantic Bay (near Polruan)
The Dredger 'Lantic Bay' built at Polruan
The Quay as it used to be
Updated - 14 July, 2011
Keith Charman MILCM
Officer of the Council and Responsible Finance Officer
22 Meadow Close, Polruan by Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1QS Tel:01726870719
e-mail: Parish Clerk
COMPOSITION OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council comprises 11 elected councillors (also called members), who are volunteers drawn from the local community, plus a salaried clerk (also called an officer). Councillors are normally elected every four years, although the next elections have been delayed until 2013, to coincide with the second Unitary (“One Cornwall”) Elections. The council’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected each May, from among councillors.
Currently, all parish councillors in Lanteglos are “independents”, in that they do not represent any political parties, but instead the general interest of the local community. However, there is nothing to prevent candidates from political parties from standing for election to the council.
Parish Council meetings are usually held on the Last Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at 7.00 p.m. in the Women's Institute Hall, Polruan. (January and July at Whitecross Village Hall).
All meetings are open to the public, other than when confidential business is being considered. At the start of every meeting there is an opportunity for the public to comment on agenda items. At the end of every Parish Council meeting there is a further public comment and question period. Here people have the opportunity to bring up any matters which may be of concern or interest to the community as a whole.
Agendas Minutes and other information are all available on the notice board, or from the Parish Council office. Most documents can also be found on this web site.
The council’s annual (April to March) budget is set in December the previous year, when present and future needs of the Parish are discussed, and priorities agreed and costed. County Council collects the parish precept through the council tax, and provides this to the Parish Council in precept in two instalments during the year.
Within the Parish, some services are provided by the Parish Council. Guidance on these is provided from the clerk or within this website.
However, the majority of services are provided by the Cornwall Council.
Your use of this website is subject to the following terms and conditions, which you are deemed to accept each time you use the Lanteglos Parish Council website:
Lanteglos Parish Plan 2005
Parish Plan Update
The Lanteglos Parish Council, having previously adopted the Parish Plan, at their Council meeting on 25th April 2005, resolved to have three sections and associated projects of the Parish Plan as priority issues, they are (followed by the persons who will initially be promoting and coordinating the projects) : section 1: housing and development, Helen Swiggs & Alan Toms. Section 3: community services and facilities, Gavin Shakerley & Bill Pittman. Section 4: health and social services, Geoff Hurley, Edwin Teuton & Ray Rigg.
The Parish Council would encourage any members of the community who are interested in these projects and would like to join a committee dealing with any of these items to contact the Parish Clerk.
As well as the three prioritised projects, below is a list of the other projects identified in the Parish Plan, if anyone, or organisation, is interested in taking these projects further, please contact the Parish Clerk for further information.
Keith Charman, Parish Clerk
(22 Meadow Close, Polruan, phone 01726 870719).
(a booklet containing this project summary has been delivered to every household in the Parish)
Section 1: housing and development
Project 1: to provide an adequate supply of affordable homes for a range of people within the community such as local residents in housing need, first-time buyers, young people and elderly people.
Section 2: employment
Project 1: to create a thriving economy, while ensuring that new developments within the parish are small-scale and sympathetic to the surrounding area and amenities.
Project 2: to improve and create employment opportunities for people locally.
Section 3: community services and facilities
Project 1: support for Village Hall on the Parish.
Project 2: retain existing Post Office.
Project 3: providing a safe crime free environment for residents the Parish.
Project 4: reducing the current problem of illegal parking by enforcing parking laws.
Section 4: health and social services
Project 1: improve access to a range of health facilities, particularly hospital, doctor, chemist, optician and dentist.
Project 2: adequate residential care facilities for elderly within Parish.
Section 5: traffic and transport
Project 1: tackling the speeding problem and alleviating accidents spots.
Project 2: to reduce impact of HGVs and traffic congestion throughout the Parish.
Project 3: improve and expand current ferry service.
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Phone: 01726 870712 Mobile: 07810124137
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