Walks And Walking – Cornwall Walks Looe Walking Route
Looe is a delightful working port in Cornwall along the South West Coastal Path (SWC Path) and offers a break from the exhausting coastal walks of the area. This walking route takes you inland to discover the river Looe and the Giant’s Hedge which dates back to the 6th Century.
It was a cold day so we wrapped up warm in thick walking trousers and good quality windproof jacket, with extra hat and gloves in the rucksack and lacing up our walking boots tightly for the impending steep forest climbs.
Starting at Millpool Car Park we walked back down in to Looe to cross the bridge and then turn left to walk up the A387 to basically follow the railway line. At the first left hand turn we walked down this road getting closer to the side of the railway line to walk straight ahead when the road bends left to cross the river. We then followed this road until it went over the river and continued to follow the railway line and river but now being on the other side of the road.
Before Causeland Station we took the first left hand turn and then kept left as we climbed the very steep road until we found a pathway by a stone stile where we turned right through a gap to then around the field edge to go through a gap in the hedge at the opposite right hand corner. We then turned right and through a field gate and down the lane to the main road passing the public conveniences going left on the footway to reach the pub where we then continued along the main road to reach a signpost to Duloe Stone Circles.
We had a quick look around before heading back to the road to the Church of St Cuby where we left the churchyard by the top gateway and then in to the lane by the Duloe village war memorial to then turn right following the lane passed the village green and school keeping ahead passed a junction on the right and then go down steeply in to the forest valley of the West Looe River.
We then turned left at the T-junction and as the trees became more dense to the river to then go left over a stile by the gate. Here we went right at a signpost to follow the grassy path that broadens and now walking above the river. Following the riverside way signposts we then reached Sowden’s Bridge where we turned right crossing the bridge and following the lane turning left at the end at the signpost for Kilminorth and Watergate.
We then turned left at the cottages in to the Kilminorth Woods Nature Reserve ancient forestry where we followed the Giant’s Hedge footpath that climbed steeply uphill to then take us back to Millpool Car Park, shattered after the last part of the walk and finishing up after about 10 miles taking just over 3 hours.