Looe………………………….. a place to Discover
This is where two rivers meet the sea at the Banjo Pier. The narrow streets and gabled houses date back to medieval times and all lead to the beach. Watch the fish being landed by the day fishing boats at the market and join the families crabbing along the harbour walls.
The main beach, well protected by the cliffs offers safe bathing. Boating and fishing trips can be booked on the east quay including trips on the river, around and onto the island. Experience the exhilaration of shark and reef fishing. Watch the sailing and gig racing which happens in the summer months.
Walk the coastal path (or just sit and enjoy the view of Looe island on the way) to the pretty village of Polperro to the west and Seaton Nature Reserve to the east. Explore the ancient Kilminorth woods to Watergate and watch the egrets, herons and kingfishers. Go on the Looe Valley Branch line taking you through the valley to Liskeard following the East Looe River, said to be one of the most picturesque railway journeys.
Discover the mining history of the area on Bodmin Moor where the Cheesewring and Golitha Falls can be found.
Other activities include golf, tennis, putting green and horse riding. The National Trust properties of Lanhydrock House, Antony House and Cotehele Estate are close by. Visit the Monkey Sanctuary and learn about the rescued domestic monkeys and Porfell Animal Farm where animals retire to from zoos, including the cheeky lemurs.
Looe is well served with a fine selection of eating places, from eating fish and chips on the beach to fine dining in a quay side restaurant watching the trawlers coming home and don’t forget the Cornish pasty and cream tea.
We are always happy to help you choose what to see and do and to make further suggestions. Looe has a full calendar of events including the Festival by the Sea, Carnival week, Steam Rally’s and for ‘foodies’ the taste of the west food festival as well the Looe music festival for music enthusiasts. Don’t forget Christmas and New year festivities where Looe is illuminated and regularly voted one of the top five UK destinations to see in the New Year.
Cornwall…………………………… a place to Explore
From Looe you can easily visit the rest of Cornwall and South Devon. The maritime City of Plymouth and Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor are less than an hours’ drive away.
Further west and the towns of Mevagissey and St Austell, where the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden project can be found are 45 minutes away by car. Falmouth, Padstow and St Ives are 1½ hours or you can take a train for a day trip to St Ives and Falmouth. Truro, the capital City of Cornwall is not to be missed with its larger shops and meandering lanes leading from the Cathedral in the centre. There are many other Gardens, Castles and stately homes to be found including Trelissick Gardens, Tintagel Castle and St Michael’s Mount.