Latest - Coast
Path Closure due to Cliffslip
Cornwall Council has closed the South West Coastal
Path at Talland Bay due to a cliff slip. The section of the footpath
which is closed is between the car park close to the Smugglers' Cottage
at the east end of the bay to the beginning of the NT land at Hendersick
(above Aesop's Bed). A diversion
is in place - from Talland Bay go up the lane past the church and
continue along the lane until you reach the National Trust car park
at Hendersick. Take the footpath which is signposted to the coast
path - you will rejoin the coast path above Port Nadler Bay beach.
If you are coming from the east (Looe) direction,
at Port Nadler follow the sign to Hendersick car park and then follow
the lane westwards past the church and down to Talland Bay.
The closure applies from 21 December 2012 until 30 May 2013.
(22 December 2012)
The bell comes home - after nearly a century
the present owners of the Old Vicarage at Talland returned home to
find a bell hanging on their front door knob. A label tied to the
bell simply said that the bell was to be returned to the vicarage.
A call to the telephone number on the label revealed all - Mrs
Desiree Campbell of Torpoint, who had frequently stayed in the
vicarage as a child, wanted the bell to return home on her death -
the bell had probably been removed as a keep-sake when her family
moved out of the vicarage in 1920.
The bell's return led to the discovery that Muriel Jerram, who lived
in the vicarage as a child (from 1891), had written recollections
of her time there not long before she died in 1975 - she was Desiree
Campbell's aunt. Frances Impey, Desiree's daughter, who brought the
bell back home, has kindly agreed to allow her great aunt's recollections
(which amount to 25 pages) to be published on this webite - see our
Memories page - click here.
Click on image of bell for larger version.
See also stories about a wayward
vicar and a bogus curate
(18 May 2012)
Looking for Sclerder Abbey? The Abbey now has its own webpage
on the Saltash parish website so the sub-domain which used to be on
talland.org has been closed. Please see our Links
page for more information (4 October 2012)
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|The only road running through
the Talland Bay area is a single track lane (which leaves the A387
Looe to Polperro road about 1 mile out of Looe and rejoins it at Barcelona,
about 2 miles from Polperro). The lane is narrow with occasional passing
places - it is also very steep in places - please drive slowly and
carefully and be prepared to back up, maybe several times in summertime.
Don't rely on your sat-nav in the Talland Bay & Polperro area
- you may well end up in a steadily narrowing lane with nowhere to
turn round and which doesn't actually go where you want anyway - be
warned! (in particular Bridals Lane and Sand Hill are likely to display
wrongly as through and connecting roads - they are not!)
lies between Looe and Polperro in south-east Cornwall. It has two
small beaches, one of which has sand even at low tide, and there are
rocks to scramble over and rock pools for children (and adults) to
explore. The South West Coastal Path passes through Talland. Between
Talland Bay and Hannafore, near Looe (3 miles) the coastline is unspoilt.
Similarly, between Talland Bay and Polperro (1.5 miles) the coast
path passes through unspoilt cliff/downland. Talland itself, where
the ancient church of St. Tallanus is situated, is hardly even a hamlet
but Porthallow, close to the beaches, has more houses and a hotel.
|As well as the hotel, there are nice
self-catering cottages and several caravan and camping sites and holiday
parks where you can stay in the bay area. The main attractions are
undoubtedly the beaches and coastal scenery and walking the coastal
path to Looe and Polperro as well as other local footpaths with fine
views are popular. The coastal path and footpaths such as the one
to Tencreek not only have fine views but are good places to see wildlife
- from skylarks, buzzards and butterflies, wild flowers including
orchids and mammals such as deer and foxes - and hear crickets and
see glow worms. As elsewhere on the Cornish peninsula, the weather
varies between idyllic perfection and wild and stormy - sometimes
even on the same day - so be prepared for sun, wind and rain!