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PLACES TO VISIT
PLACES TO VISIT IN CORNWALL
If you are looking for breathtaking scenery with some of Britain’s most unspoiled beaches then Cornwall is the place for you. Whether you love to surf, ramble, explore hidden coves, craggy coastline or visit amazing places of interest there is a lot to love about Looe and the surrounding area. With the added attraction of many wonderful restaurant, cafes and bars, most in breathtaking locations you will be spoilt for choice. Here are some of our top tips for your holiday time:
SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
Turn right out of the front door of the Gulls Holiday Home and you are practically on the path! Classed as an easy to moderate walk, the trail to Polperro is one of the most popular parts of the path.
At the end of our footpath you join Hannafore Road which quickly becomes Marine Drive; at the end of Marine Drive go through the gate and on to the South West Coast Path.
Just offshore you will see Looe Island. There is a medieval chapel on the island, which was dedicated to St Michael, although this was later corrupted to St George. It was a popular place for pilgrimages but so many people drowned trying to reach it that a new Benedictine chapel was built just across from it on the mainland, sometime around the twelfth century.
The Lamanna Chapel, just a short detour uphill after the gate (and signposted), was built on the site of a sixth century Celtic monastery and incorporated a monk’s cell. The island is managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It is a natural sanctuary for sea and woodland birds, and because of its unusually mild climate daffodils bloom here at Christmas. Cornwall Wildlife Trust run tours out to the island throughout spring and summer, and you can find details about these on their website.
Stay with the Coast Path past Hendersick, and continue round until you come to Talland. On Talland Beach at low tide you can see the boiler of a French trawler wrecked here in 1922.
The pairs of towers at Talland and on the hillside above Hannafore, marked on the map as landmarks, are a measured nautical mile, used by ships to time their speed. Although advances in technology since they were built have meant that ships can measure their speed electronically, vessels often still use the measured mile as they come out of Plymouth Sound.
Dropping steeply downhill into the car park at Talland, turn left at the Smugglers Rest and then left again to pass the toilets. Turn right along the tarmac path to take the Coast Path uphill towards Polperro. Carry on past the path to the right towards Brent, and above the war memorial on Downend Point, finally dropping steeply downhill in Polperro. The path to your left just before you reach Polperro, along Reuben’s Walk, will bring you back up to the Coast Path if you turn right just before the lighthouse.
You can either walk back along the same route, or catch the bus back from outside the Crumplehorn Pub – a great place to stop for lunch or an evening meal.. The bus stop is across the road, by the car park, and there are frequent buses to Looe Health Centre, just down the road from the railway station. If the ties are right and there is a fair wind you could catch a boat back to Looe – a very pleasant way to commute back to The Gulls Holiday Home.