South East Cornwall
Just a three minute walk from The Museum Apartments and you will find yourself on the South West Coast Path with miles of superb, breathtaking coastline. Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll with spectacular views or a challenging hike, such as a 13 mile walk to beautiful Rame Head, you’ll find it all here.
The South West Coast Path continues to the west from Hannafore Point in West Looe (cross the bridge, turn left and continue towards the coast), taking in more stunning beauty spots such as Talland Bay, Polperro, Lantivet Bay and Lantic Bay. Walk to the ancient fishing village of Polruan, approximately 4 hours, stop for well earned fish & chips and take the passenger ferry across the estuary to picturesque Fowey town. You can always take the bus back to Looe from Polruan Quay.
There is a wealth of local attractions easily accessible from The Museum Apartments including: Talland Bay; the picturesque fishing port of Polperro; Woolly Monkey Sanctuary; the internationally renowned Eden Project and Tate Gallery St Ives. National Trust properties in the area include Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Mount Edgcumbe, Port Eliot and Antony House and can be easily reached from here, as well as beautifully rugged Bodmin Moor and a variety of beautiful, sandy beaches, bays and hidden coves skirting our stunning Cornish coastline.
Other local attractions include sailing, fishing and diving, and spectacular coastal walks, especially that via Talland to Polperro, Lantic Bay, Lantivet Bay and Polruan.
Looe is a small, very quaint and pretty, coastal town and fishing port. Several fish dealers operate from the docks of East Looe. With its fleet of small fishing boats returning their catches to port daily, Looe has a reputation for producing excellent fresh fish.
The town is also a centre for shark fishing, and is the home of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain.
The town centres around a small harbour and along the steep-sided valley of the Looe Estuary which flows between East and West Looe to the sea beside a sandy beach. Off shore to the west, opposite the stonier Hannafore Beach, lies the idyllic St George’s Island, otherwise known as Looe Island.
Looe’s main business today is tourism with a large number of pubs, restaurants, and shops.
East Looe centres on its broad sandy beach with the distinctive Banjo Pier. Stretching back from here is a grid of narrow streets forming the ancient centre of the town, packed with many small shops, restaurants and pubs, and the Old Guildhall, now a museum.
Along the estuary lies the quay, with several fish dealers. Towards the bridge lies the Victorian Guildhall, and just north of the bridge the railway station. This is the terminus of the Looe Valley branch line to Liskeard, a very popular and picturesque journey, itself an attraction (at Liskeard, the line connects with the main Plymouth to Penzance Great Western Main Line).
West Looe spreads west from the bridge on the Polperro Road and along the waterfront south of the bridge are restaurants, pubs and pretty cottages leading towards a cluster of shops and businesses and the Church of St Nicholas.
Further south along the coast road is Hannafore Point, marking the edge of Looe Harbour, with to the west the wide, stony Hannafore beach, facing across a narrow channel to Looe Island (officially called St. George’s Island).
Beyond lies a coastal path leading to the hamlets of Porthallow and Talland, and from there on to Polperro.