This summer we took a day trip to Looe for the first time in years, and wondered why haven’t we done it sooner! Living in West Cornwall, I’ll admit anywhere is hard (and long) to get to during the summer months. With A30 traffic, tractors and lots of visitors slightly more lost than the locals, journeys do become longer.
But all this aside the sunny summer days are the best to explore our wonderful county and find somewhere new, secret or just somewhere off your usual radar.
Looe is a massive holiday destination throughout the year with thousands of people either staying in the area or taking a day trip to Looe. For most of the season the car parks are usually overflowing with visitors and coach trips so you may find the best way to visit is via the local trains. There’s a wonderful stretch of branch line which follows Looe valley from Liskeard.
Here’s a few reasons why you should visit this beautiful corner of the South Coast…
Most of Cornwall is built on a steep incline, in a valley or on top of a dramatic cliff so the views are unique and amazing across the county. Looe is split down the middle by a river bed with steep sides to both East and West Looe. The rolling Cornish countryside can be seen stretching inland with the town and beach found right at the bottom of the valley.
From Looe beach the coast line stretches East towards Millandreth, Seaton and Porthwrinkle. Heading West the iconic Looe Island is found just off the beach, and around the headland the coast stretches along towards Polperro.
The cornish coast path leading from Looe to Polperro is a very popular walking route taking in the beauty of the area. It’s about a 5.5 mile stretch and has some moderate climbs in places so isn’t for the faint hearted.
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They say you should only eat seafood if you can see the sea, which to be honest is pretty much anywhere in Cornwall. We have some amazing locally caught fish being freshly delivered across the duchy every day so the quality will be awesome in most places. Here in Looe though you can pretty much see the fish in the sea before they become available in the local fishmongers and fish and chips shops.
There is a very seaside feel along the harbour wall with many a family to be seen catching the local crabs straight off the wall.
East and West Looe
The best thing about Looe is it that there’s pretty much two towns in one. Walk across the severn-arched bridge to cross in between East and West Looe within minutes. Both sides have the same waters edge feel, with West Looe stretching out past Looe Island and along the coast path, and East Looe stretching down to the beach.
Both side of the Looe River have their own character, but East Looe has a few more places to explore for those on a day trip to Looe.
If the tides in during your day make sure you catch the little ferry that passes across the water, it’s only 50p and such a Cornish way to travel…
Or St George’s Island is just off the mainland of Cornwall and is a Nature Reserve boasting lots of local wildlife. For most of the holiday season you can take a boat trip from the harbour to see the caves, seals and bird life around this wonderful little island. There’s glass bottom boats to explore on, if you’re lucky you may even spot one of Cornwall’s very own dolphins.
East Looe Beach
All roads literally lead to the beach in Looe. With East Looe Beach being one of the best places for a beach day in this corner of Cornwall. There’s hardly ever any surf to be found in this bay making Looe an ideal place to try SUPping, kayaking and sailing from the waterside.
The promenade stretches along the seafront along to the harbour wall with lots of places to sit and take in the view…
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Explore the nearby Cardinham Woods cycle trails for some adventure during your South Cornwall holiday.
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