Looe to Polperro walk

Looe to Polperro walk

This is a popular walk between these two Cornish coastal villages. It follows the South West Coast Path for just over 5 miles with stunning views all the way.

The walk starts in East Looe near the tourist information centre. The town has a lovely beach, pier, pretty harbour and picturesque Cornish cottages. After passing through East Looe you cross the bridge over the Looe Estuary into West Looe and follow the coast round to Hannafore (you can see some of this section on the google street view link below). There’s great views of Looe Bay and towards the idyllic Looe Island on this section of the walk.

From Hannafore you continue to Talland, passing Samphire Beach and Portnadler Bay. At Talland Bay you will find two nice shingle beaches called Talland Sand and Rotterdam Beach. There is also a church dating from the 15th century and a cafe where you stop for refreshments.

The final section takes you from Talland to Polperro, passing the memorial at Downend Point and Chapel Cliff. The town has a lovely harbour and rows of ancient fishermen’s cottages to admire. To extend your walking in the area you could continue west along the coast to the lovely town of Fowey. Here you can try the circular Fowey Hall Walk which takes in two ferry crossings and includes waterside sections along Pont Pill and Fowey Quay.

In Looe you can follow the Looe River north west from the town centre to the pretty Kilminorth Woods Nature Reserve. The reserve has an abundance of flora and fauna with primroses, bluebells and dog violets to look out for. Wildlife includes herons, sparrowhawks, peregrines, roe deer and woodpeckers. The woods also have a nice off road cycling trail to try.

Also of interest is the beautiful Looe Island. You can catch a boat from East Looe to the pretty island and enjoy a guided walk. Look out for grey seals and a variety of birdlife on your visit.