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Looe, Cornwall

Looe is situated in the south east corner of the county, just 20 miles west of Plymouth. It's seven arch bridge joins the west and east sides. that in medieaval times were two separate settlements. The town has been a holiday resort for 200 years and this has grown in importance since the demise of it's pilchard canning factory in the 1960's. Fishing is still important to the town with a small fleet of commercial fishing boats still operating from the harbour. These catches can be seen landed on the quay at high tide. You can even try your hand at line fishing from one of the many charter boats operating from the quay side during the summer months.

Looe is serviced by a branch railway line to Liskeard from where the rest of Cornwall awaits.

Charlestown is a village and late Georgian working port in St Austell Bay. Built between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh an entrepreneur and member of a local landowning family. Charlestown is popular as a film and television location and was used in the making of the popular period drama Poldark. There are a number of bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries and of course The Shipwreck Treasure Museum.

Pinetum Gardens are a 30 minute drive from Looe, situated just on the edge of St Austell.

Beautiful walk through ancient oak woodland following a series of spectacular waterfalls and cascades along The Fowey River. Keep a look out for local bird life such as Tree Creepers, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Dippers. Beware if you have mobility issues as the walkways are riddled with tree roots. Why not have some lunch at Inkies Smoke House, in the main carpark, the burgers are unforgettable.

A quaint Fishing Village 5.5 miles from Looe.  Stroll along the streets taking in the shops and galleries.  Take a drink or a bite to eat in one of the many Inns such as The 3 Pilchards, The Blue Peter or The Ship Inn.  Visit The Harbour Heritage Museum or just sit on the quay side and watch the world go by. 

Cotehele House, a Tudor period property and ancestral home of the Edgecumbe family is run by the National Trust.  Near Saltash, so only a 30 minute drive from Schooner Point Guest House. Enter the great hall with its arms and armour. You can then continue around the house visiting bed chambers, the kitchen and chapel. Enjoy the formal terrace garden, the orchards or lose yourself in the valley garden. Don't miss the quay side with its period boats and The Discovery Centre. If you wish to wander a little further visit Cotehele Mill.

Walk the costal path for 5.5 miles from Looe to Polperro. Take in the stunning scenery and watch for the abundant wildlife. Rest for a while, if you wish, at one of two cafes at Talland before completing the walk into Polperro.

Browse the shops and galleries or visit The Harbour Heritage Museum before returning to Looe. The experienced walkers may wish to walk the return journey, however, a bus service runs from the stop at the top of town across from The Crumplehorn Inn.

The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction set in a disused china clay quarry, it has 2 Biomes housing the largest indoor rainforest in the world.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens fell into disuse after the human losses of The First World War and were not re-discovered until 70 years later. There are kitchen gardens, an Italian garden, lawns, glass houses with melon hammocks, pineapple houses, an old potting shed, a mud maid, a giants head and a "jungle" amongst it's treasures. Set in over 200 acres of grounds it is well worth a visit.

There are a variety of boat trips available from the quay side in Looe.

Looe Sea Safari run a number of trips from near The Life Boat Station. Take a rib boat trip out to The Edistone Light or around the bay. You can even hire a boat to pilot yourself up the river. 

Glass bottom boats will take you around Looe Island (St. Georges). These trips last for 45 minutes and during your time in the nature reserve seals can be seen. 

Boats can take you to Polperro, your trip lasting 3 hours with time ashore or, a 5 hour trip to Fowey with time ashore. 

Take a trip to Looe island which takes 20 mins with 2 hours on the island which is a nature reserve.

Fishing trips are popular and a variety of species can be targeted, such as Sharks, Conger and Mackerel.

All trips are governed by the tide and weather conditions. In high season advanced booking is recommended. 


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