Great walks around Looe in Cornwall
Thousands of people choose to enjoy a holiday in Cornwall every year to discover the dramatic natural landscape, range of attractions and explore the numerous fishing towns full of character. The famous South West Coast Path and the county’s stunning countryside are ideal for long family walks and casual ambles, and below are two great walks that make the most of the Looe bay area.
The coast path from Looe to Talland
This 6-8 mile walk includes around 3.5 miles of coastal walking so expect great views and a sea breeze! Beginning at Millpool car park in West Looe, walkers should then proceed towards the Old Mill Gift Centre and find a path called ‘River Walk’, continuing along this to the Looe waterfront.
After locating St Nicholas Church, head up Fore Street, then Hannafore Lane and Marine Drive before reaching a kissing gate that signals the start of the coastal path. After this, it is a simple task to follow the coastal path until reaching Talland Bay. To return to Looe bay, walkers can either go back the way they came or try a number of picturesque inland routes that go through Portlooe or via Parkers Cross and Kilminorth.
Looe to Polperro walk
The Looe to Polperro walk is basically the above route from Looe to Talland with an additional section from Talland to Polperro. Upon reaching Looe bay, walkers can catch a bus back to Polperro, and vice versa if embarking on a Polperro to Looe walk. It is advisable to check bus times before setting off and keep a note of them handy.
Follow the above walk, perhaps stopping at Talland Bay for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, before embarking on the rest of the Looe to Polperro coastal walk. The distance from Looe to Polperro is around 6 miles, so walkers can either return the way they came to make it a 12 mile walk or catch a bus from Polperro. Toilets and refreshments can be found at Looe, Talland Bay and Polperro, and there are some conveniently located Cornwall campsites between Looe and Polperro that could provide provisions or a toilet break if needed.