South West Coast Path: Looe to Polperro

Saturday 29th September 2012

Toilets: East Looe Beach; East Looe (near the Tourist Information Centre); West Looe; Hannafore Beach; Talland; Polperro.

6 miles approx.

We went on holiday for a week and stayed in Looe.  Our lovely little flat, Sand Dune, was the closest possible flat to the beach, so that’s where we started out from.

We walked through the main streets of East Looe, across the bridge, and through West Looe on the other side, where there were many boats to be seen.  Just before reaching the sea we passed a statue of Nelson the Seal, commemorating this well-loved resident of the town.

We continued up the road through Hannafore, before continuing into a field.  We had amazing views of the sea along the whole walk, including views of Looe Island.

The South West Coast Path is one of the most difficult National Trails in Britain, and is said to be even more strenuous than the Pennine Way.  The section between Looe and Polperro is a relatively easy bit, and yet we still had to walk up a few steep flights of stairs.

Just before Talland we passed a cafe near a rocky beach.  We stopped to eat our Cornish pasties there, before continuing for five minutes along the road to the main beach at Talland, where there were toilets and another cafe.  We stopped for some ice cream, and cream teas were also available.  More beautiful coastal scenery followed.

Eventually, we reached the small fishing village of Polperro.  It was a very pretty place indeed, although I had to admit that it was a little bit too twee for me.  It was nice to visit for a short while, but I think I might have felt a bit frustrated if we’d been there for a whole week.  There’s no mobile phone reception (although some of the pubs do have Wi-Fi), and there’s a lot more to do in Looe.

Just a bit further up the road and we had dinner at the Crumplehorn Inn, where huge portions were served and there were several vegetarian options.  Buses back to Looe run until quite late.

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