Walks And Walking – Cornwall Walks Looe To Polperro Circular Walking Route
Looe to Polperro is one of my favourite Cornwall walks mainly due to it being, apart from the Looe River walking route, the only walk to do along this section of the South West Coastal Path of any note. The title Looe to Polperro circular walking routes suggests a walk of extra interest but it should just be titled “Looe to Polerro and back”.
However, the photographs of this walk speak for themselves and for all the photographs from this walking route please click here: Looe to Polperro Walk
We awoke to an amazing sunrise and planned to walk to Polperro from West Looe for a spot of lunch at The Three Pilchards pub, a favourite of ours that does a great crab sandwich and local ale. It’s such an easy walk to follow along the South West Coastal Path that you can relax and take the steep climbs, rocky tracks and stream crossings at your leisure whilst breathing in that clean, crisp and fresh Cornish air.
From West Looe we walked up to Hannafore and upon entering the fields through the gate we met grazing cattle on our way up to the Lamanna Chapel. After stopping to read the information board we walked back down the hill to rejoin the main pathway to Polperro following the yellow waymakers for the rest of this walking route.
With Looe Island, looking like a vibrant green oasis, out to our left we continued walking to Talland Bay as the pathway undulated along by the flat calm sea below. We then walked steeply up to the war memorial at the top of the next hill. At Talland Bay there are three signposts; one says Polperro is one and a half miles, the next says Polperro is one and a quarter miles and the last National Trust Talland Cliffs signpost said its two miles to Polperro. This is always a source of our amusement.
We continued our walk along the South West Coastal Path passing many ramblers, walkers, locals and tourists until we reached the top of Polperro Harbour where we then walked down the pathway in to Polperro and around to The Three Pilchards pub. The ale was as good as ever and the crab sandwiches were just as good as remembered.
As the weather was so good we decided to walk back the way we came to enjoy the splendid views once again noticing how the number of canoeists almost matched the number of walkers in the sea below us. The heat from the sun glaring off the sea was an absolutely lovely feeling as we walked back to Looe stopping off at the first pub we came to; Tom Sawyer. A quick check to make sure our walking boots weren’t too muddy and we were in, at the bar and with a Tribute in hand in a matter of moments!
This made this walking route a respectable 10 miles taking us just under a total of 4 hours walking time to complete.