Talland Bay

Talland is a hamlet and ecclesiastical parish situated between Looe and Polperro on the south coast. The hamlet consists of little more than a church, a former vicarage and a few houses and is best known for its location at the head of Talland Bay. 

Talland Bay is home to two sheletered shingle beaches, Talland Sand and Rotterdam Beach as well as several smaller beaches. The beaches are served by a small car park and seasonal cafe.

Despite it's peaceful aspect, Talland Bay is associated with countless tales of wrecking and smuggling. Legend has it that the notorious Parson Dodge kept the lanes clear at night by spreading rumours of demons and ghosts.

At low tide the ship's boiler from French trawler, The Marguerite, which was wrecked in 1922, can be seen. Two private boats performed a dramatic rescue and managed to save twenty-one members of the crew.

St Tallanus Church - Talland
St Tallanus Church - Talland
The parish church, the only one on the world to be dedicated to St Tallanus, occupies a dramatic clifftop location. St Tallanus may have been a fifth century religious hermit, although many believe the name derives from the Cornih 'Tal-lan', meaning 'hill-brow church site' and that St Tallanus was a fifteenth century invention. The countryside around Talland is stunningly beautiful and unspoilt, falling into an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and forming part of the Heritage Coast.

John Bevill, Sheriff of Cornwall in the sixteenth century, lived at the nearby former manor house of Killigarth.

Richard and Judy, of breakfast television fame, have a second home in Talland - which is nice for them!.