The Looe Guide - the official Looe Visitor Information Centre website
ExploreHaving chosen your accommodation in Looe, Polperro or elsewhere, you will probably want to find out what other places there are to explore while you are on holiday in south east Cornwall. To help you get the most out of your stay, we have developed these bite sized guides to the area.
LOOE TOP TEN
- East and West Looe
are one town divided by the river and joined by a
- East Looe has a safe sandy
- Hannafore is the coastal area of West Looe
and is great for exploring rockpools.
- Looe Island is
a nature reserve that can be visited by boat.
museum is haunted.
- The Looe Valley Line is one of
the most scenic railways in England.
- One of the
favourite pastimes of holiday makers is crabbing off the
- The Looe Music Festival takes place each
- There is a statue to Nelson the Seal on
- The walk along the South West Coast
Path between Looe and Polperro.
POLPERRO TOP TEN
- A picture postcard historical fishing village
- The National Trust owned Chapel Cliff is pronounced ĎChay-pullí
- It has its own model village of the village
- It was once a smugglers haunt and now has a smugglers museum
- Some of the first experiments in fingerprinting were carried out in the village
- Itís always been a popular place with artists and there are several galleries in Polperro
- The walk along the South West Coastpath between Looe and Polperro
- Ride back to the carpark in converted milk floats
- Take a boat trip to Fowey
- Travel through the lanes to the 13th century Lansallos Church
LISKEARD TOP TEN
- The 16th Century Stuart House, home to arts and crafts.
- Pedestrianised streets with a variety of independent shops.
- St Martinís Church, 2nd largest in Cornwall.
- Swim and keep fit at Lux Park Leisure Centre.
- Ancient Stannary town, financial centre for the nearby mining area.
- Go GoKarting at nearby Menhehiot.
- Visit Liskeard Museum and town information centre.
- Drive through the lanes to St Keyne Well, a magnet for newlyweds.
- Take a train to Coombe Junction, possibly the least visited station in the UK.
- Catch an event at the Liskerrett Community Centre.
EAST FROM LOOE TOP TEN
- Follow the South West Coast Path to Rame Head and beyond.
- The Monkey Sanctuary, just outside Looe.
- Walk through an army firing range at Tregantle Fort.
- Take the dogs for a walk on Seaton beach.
- Mt Edgcumbe Country Park and House on the edge of Plymouth Sound.
- The pretty village of St Germans and Port Eliot House.
- Explore the sandy beaches on Whitsand Bay
- Dive on the wreck of HMS Scylla
- Visit the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, once the haunt of smugglers.
- Play golf beside the sea at Crafthole.
BODMIN MOOR TOP TEN
- Discover Trethevy Quoit, one of the oldest man-made structures in Cornwall.
- Take a walk beside the Fowey River at the picturesque Golitha Falls.
- Watch a Shakespeare play at Sterts Theatre.
- Explore the World Heritage mining area at Minions.
- Cycle the Caradon Trail from Liskeard.
- Go underground in a slate cavern.
- Visit St Neot Church with its medieval stained glass windows.
- View the natural wonder that is the Cheesewring.
- Drive to lonely Dozmary Pool and discover its legends.
- Go in search of Jamaica Inn or the ghosts of Poldark.
The Tamar Valley
TAMAR VALLEY TOP TEN
- Plenty of space to release your inner Poldark at World Heritage mining sites.
- Admire Isambard Kingdom Brunelís railway bridge at Saltash.
- Step back in time at the National Trustís Cotehele estate.
- Admire the murals in Callington town centre.
- Pretend youíre a world class golfer at St Mellion.
- Cross the border at Gunnislake into Devon.
- Explore Kit Hill with its far reaching views and industrial heritage.
- Catch the Tamar Valley Line up to Calstock and explore its riverside pubs and shops.
- Walk or cycle the Tamar Trails.
- Cruise the Tamar on a boat trip up past Cargreen, Pentille and Halton Quay.
TOWARDS FOWEY TOP TEN
- Discover unspoilt beaches at Lansallos and Lantic Bay
- Seek out the Giants Hedge as it snakes its way cross-country from Looe to Lerryn.
- Take a ferry across the river to Fowey.
- Walk the Hall Walk from Bodinnick.
- Step back in time at St Winnow Farm Museum
- Buy an antique in Lostwithiel.
- Search out local cider farms.
- Walk through the pages of Daphne DuMaurier novels.
- Have a picnic on Pencarrow Head
- Catch the evening sun on the quay at Polruan.
Out and About in CornwallTo list just ten places to visit in Cornwall is impossible. Suffice to say all parts of Cornwall are within easy reach of Looe, with Landís End less than two hours drive away. So whether you want to walk around a rain forest at the Eden Project or catch the waves at Newquay, you can do it from your accommodation in Looe. And you donít have to drive, buses and trains serve Looe and will take you to Plymouth, Penzance or Padstow etc.
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Last updated 22nd June 2020