5 glorious walks you can do from Looe
Grab your walking boots and get ready to explore Cornwall from Looe. Whether you want to ramble for the day and explore the Cornish coastline or prefer to head in land and take in some of Cornwall’s most beautiful spots here’s our top 5 walks to do whilst you’re staying in Looe.
South West Coast Path, Looe – Polperro
Just over 5 miles the walk hugs the Cornish coastline with stunning views along the way. There are rockpools on the beaches, tales of shipwrecks and smugglers, and the walk ends with a stroll up through the picturesque fishing village of Polperro, where you can stop for an ice cream and enjoy a pub lunch. Cross the bridge from East Looe and head towards the coast where you’ll pick up the South West Coastal path.
‘A little known gem’ of South East Cornwall Kilminorth woods offers a number of sign posted walks through the accident woodland. Following West Looe River up the estuary it’s a great place to stop and watch the river birds. Visit in the autumn to be blown away by the orange and yellow tones that take over the canopy. Located at the far end of the Millpool car park, the paths can get muddy so make sure you’ve got something proper on your feet. It’s close to town but you really could be anywhere.
An island wildlife heaven just off the coast of Looe. The nature reserve can only be visited by official trips and is reached by boat. Walk along the Quayside in East Looe and look for ‘Moonraker’ to book yourself onto the next trip. Once on the island the path is less than one km long. Taking in the entire island it can be comfortably walked in around 30 minutes. If you really want to know the island book a guided walk with Cornwall Wild Life Trust.
You’ll have to use the car to get here but if you fancy exploring Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the short 30-minute journey is worth the effort. The circular walk around the iconic landmarks in Minions takes in The Hurlers stone circle, The Cheesewring and the engine houses of the South Phoenix Mine. The highest village in Cornwall, Poldark fans will recognise the dramatic landscape for it’s starring role as the iconic crossroads where Ross first dismounts the carriage on homecoming.
If you prefer to feel the sand between your toes and breath in the fresh sea air whatever the weather, Seaton Beach is the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs. With the tide out you can take a gentle walk along the beach to Downderry or use the promenade if the tide is high. A dog friendly beach all year round it’s a must if you’ve brought your four legged friends to Cornwall too.