Walks And Walking – Cornwall Walks Looe to Polperro Walking Route
The general plan for this walking route was to walk from Looe to Polperro and meet the rest of the family for lunch at the Three Pilchards for a crab baguette and then walk back, making it a fairly respectable 9 or so mile Cornwall walk taking a leisurely 4 hours to complete.
You can’t go too wrong on this walk if you keep the sea on your left hand side on the way to Polperro and on your right hand side on the way back to Looe. I’ve written about this walk before so I did take two new detours, the first being up to the church at Talland Bay and the second on the way back via The Warren National Trust area.
I walked down from our apartment in West Looe to the fire station and the signposts for the Coast Path and turned right passing Nelson, the famous Looe sea lion on my way up the steps and back on the road to Hannafore.
I walked passed Tom Sawyers Tavern on my right hand side with St George’s Island now coming in to clear view on my left hand side out to sea to enter the fields where you can walk up to the Lammana Chapel (the fenced of area at the top right hand side of the field). It’s here where I breathed a huge sigh of relief at being able to get out on a good stretch of the South West Coast Path walking route and enjoy the beautiful Cornish coastline.
I continued my walk along the main coast path to The National Trust area of Hendersick following the occasional signposts for Polperro to the next Coast Path signposted to Talland. As the path then forks I took the wider upper path and followed this feint track upwards to the right hand side of the field until I saw the top of the tower from the church. The main coast path heads down to join a fenced steps down to Talland Bay but my route was up to the church which offered a great view of Talland and an interesting setting for a graveyard.
I then walked down the slope of the hill to rejoin the coast path to Talland Bay following the signposts to Polperro at the Smugglers Rest and along up the road turning left at the sign post that says Coast Path Public Footpath Polperro 1 1/4 mile along through the bay turning left at the next signpost turning right up a steep path and then left up the steps by the next signpost to The National Trust area of Talland Cliffs where it now says Polperro is 2 miles away. Hmmm….
After a nice stretch of coast path Polperro comes in to view and the rest of the family we waving from the harbour as I walked down the steep slope through the wonderfully quaint fishing village houses to join them at the Three Pilchards.
After lunch, the rest of the family then walked back to the car as I made my way back up through the houses and steep slope uphill where I walked right at the National Trust area of The Warren keeping right at the fork to go down to the lighthouse where I got a great view of the cliffs.
I then walked back up to the main coast path and kept to the same path all the way back to Looe taking a few photos along the way. You can find all the photographs from this walk on the Walks And Walking facebook page and Google+ page.