Visitors who come to Talland Bay expecting all sorts of organised and sophisticated entertainments are doomed to disappointment. But those who come hoping to find unspoiled Cornish coastline and countryside are in for a treat.

Talland Bay , early morning - photo:RJT The Sea and Beaches - The number one attraction is, of course, the sea. In fine weather there can be nowhere better. Of course, even in winter storms the sea has a fascination - from a respectful distance! There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small - one slightly to the west of the midpoint of the bay, near the public conveniences, has sand both at high tide and low tide - and is good for swimming at both high and low tides. There are lots of rock pools to be discovered at low tide. The other beach, around 200m to the east, is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide. There is a ramp for launching boats on the main beach and small boats can also be launched from the beach near Rotterdam cottage (now called Smugglers cottage). There are other tiny coves and natural swimming pools, some of which are only practical to swim from at or near high tide and can only be reached by a scramble over rocky outcrops. There is limited car parking near the sea - there is a small and free car park adjoining the beach near Rotterdam/Smugglers cottage (but mind the rocks when manouevring), The Beach Cafe has a fair sized private car park (charge) and the Smuggler's Rest Caf/Restaurant/Barbecue (behind Smuggler's Cottage) has a private car park for patrons only. There is limited parking on one side of the lane between the two main beaches (there are parking restrictions elsewhere due to the narrowness of the lanes).
Talland Bay, the church - photo: RJT The Church - The second attraction is the ancient church - built on a fifth century celtic site - more details

The Cliff Path - The third attraction is the cliff path - part of the Cornwall Coast Path. Wonderful walks can be taken east to Looe (approximately 3 miles, allow 1 hour 30 minutes each way) or west to Polperro (approximately 1.5 miles, allow 45 minutes each way). The paths offer grand views and are fairly easy walking, though sensible walking shoes or boots are advised. The paths are somewhat exposed at points but nowhere dangerous - but do not attempt to deviate from the paths. There are also other footpaths in the area - fine views can be had from Sand Hill an extremely steep tarmaced lane which is the only road to a number of properties. Sand Hill leads up from the sea shore near to the Beach Cafe to Killigarth and at the other end of Killigarth a lane called Bridal's Lane leads down between two deep Cornish hedges (or banks) through a rapidly falling valley back to the shore
Talland Bay  - from the cliff path to Looe. Photo: RJT
Places to eat and drink
- Talland is very small - not big enough to be a village or even a hamlet really - the name Talland Bay really covers the whole area of the bay adjoining the sea. There are two places to eat located close to the beach - close to the western beach there is the Beach Cafe which in season is open during the main part of the day and serves ices, drinks, snacks, meals and sells the sorts of things holiday visitors need on the beach. Only about 200 metres away and close to the eastern beach is the Smugglers Rest which in seasn is open both daytime and evening and specialises in barbeques and has an open air eating area and also indoor accommodation for the cafe/restaurant. The Smugglers Rest is a licensed premises.
Slightly inland up the steep lane at the western part of the bay (towards Pelynt) there is the Talland Bay Hotel (people often think this is in Talland village but it is actually in the hamlet of Porthallow). This hotel is a traditional country house hotel with wonderful views and a good restaurant - a good place to stay or for a special meal out.
Last revised - 24 July 2009