Chapel Cliff walk

Walking trail

Take a scenic walk on the edge of the bustling, ancient fishing village of Polperro. There are lots of places to sit and admire the stunning views along the coast to Devon and down into Cornwall. Look out for caves and the old net loft.

Looking towards the shelter on the footpath in Polperro


Map route for Chapel Cliff walk


The shelter above Polperro harbour, grid ref: SX210508


Follow signs to the coast path above the harbour of Polperro. Start the walk by the shelter and head west along the lower path.

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After 50yd (45m) branch left; a little further on you'll come across a good viewpoint where you can see east to Rame Head. On a good day you can see even further up the coast of South Devon.

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Continue keeping left, past a bench and another shelter.

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Take the steps up the hill. Can you see some blocked off caves on your right? You should also pass a rocky outcrop, this is an excellent spot to take in the views.


When you come to a junction, head left.


At the path's fork, take a left down the (lower) path and through the privet trees. There used to be fishermens allotments here - you may just be able to make out the old terraces.


Leaving the wooded area should reveal a view west as far as Dodman Point.


You'll come to a right turn in the path, take this up the steps and across a spring. At the top follow signs for the coast path back towards Polperro.


At the fork in the road, take the right path heading down the hill.


When you get to the bottom, you should meet the path you were on previously. Turn left.


At the next junction, stay left towards a bench. Can you see another bench? Continue past that one too.


At the waymarker, follow the coast path down the hill, making sure to take in the view over the bay and back to the starting point.


If you have time, explore the old National Trust net loft on the rocks at the harbour's edge.


We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please visit our homepage.


The shelter above Polperro harbour, grid ref: SX210508

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Chapel Cliff walk


A mixture of flat, even, grassy footpaths and steep, rocky paths on uneven rocky ground. Prepare for mud after wet weather. Dogs are free to run around for the whole walk.

Chapel Cliff walk

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Chapel Cliff walk

How to get here

Near Polperro, South East Cornwall PL13 2QY
By train

Looe, 4.5 miles (7.2km), then ERH Roadcar 281 bus to Polperro.

By road

Parking on edge of Polperro, then either get shuttle bus or walk to town.

By bus

Buses to Polperro from surrounding towns. Walk from town centre to harbour (signposted), or follow coast path signs.

Chapel Cliff walk

Facilities and access

  • Well maintained, but naturally uneven paths, with some steep steps
  • Be aware of cliff edges and unstable cliffs - keep children supervised