An pleg-mor Kernewek hag a wra kovyow
The Cornish bay that makes memories

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Alien spaceship? Or new Coastguard helicopter?
Alien craft at Talland BayFor somewhere where nothing ever happens, sometimes quite a lot happens. As on Sunday 11 December when, after a day wreathed in mist, the sun had managed to break through not long before dusk and then once properly black the bay was visited by what could easily be mistaken for an alien spacecraft, hovering absolutely motionless above the beach with a whole collection of searchlights facing down and some sideways. After perhaps 10 minutes or so the alien craft climbed up and resumed its motionless stance not far from the church tower and then moved further up the cliff land to the plateau not far from Hendersick - and there actually came to earth. The red and blue lights of H.M. Coastguard vehicles and an ambulance finally revealed that the alien craft was in fact one of the new huge rescue helicopters operated out of Newquay airport by Bristow Aviation for the Coastguard and no doubt it is their sophisticated technology which enables them to hover absolutely motionless like a drone. The reason for its presence was found to be that a local lady, a retired teacher, had suffered a fall and a particularly nasty ankle breakage on the coast path on Sunday afternoon and the reason for the repeated hoverings was the helicopter's pilot endeavouring to find somewhere large and level enough to land, no mean feat in the dark and given the local topography. By about 18:45 hrs,the patient was on her aerial way to Derriford hospital, Plymouth. The unsung heroes of the day? The able volunteers of HM Coastguard from Looe and Polperro. And where was the landing ground? See our slide show above - it's in the winter photo of sheep grazing - and note the light bursting through the cloud: could that have been an actual alien craft descending?
news - - 11 December 2016

The bell comes home - after nearly a century
Servants' bell returnedThe owners of the Old Vicarage at Talland returned home one day 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.

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See also stories about a wayward vicar and a bogus curate
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Talland Bay 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. Eastwards, between Talland Bay and Hannafore, near Looe (3 miles) the coastline is unspoilt. Similarly, westwards, 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 fashionable hotel. There are a number of nice self-catering cottages in easy reach of the sea and just very slightly inland, several caravan and camping sites, such as Tencreek. There is also a recently built holiday village (The Bay) which has 46 upmarket holiday homes, some of which can be rented for holidays.

Click on this image to visit Dolphin Holidays' Tencreek website - Tencreek is just a short and very pleasant walk from Talland Bay's beaches

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!
View of Talland Bay from churchyard - 18 December 2010 - click for large version - photo copyright - all rights reserved
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Nautical Measured Mile - Ever wondered what the tall towers are in Talland Bay? You can get the full story on our measured mile page
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!)