The walk between Looe and its neighbouring fishing village Polperro may only be five miles long but it’s one of the most picturesque sections of the South West Coast Path. Start the walk at Looe’s harbour and then join the coast path, making sure you don’t miss views out to Looe Island in the distance.
A pair of sisters lived on the island for forty years, and local fishermen shipped their supplies over to them when the seas were calm so they could enjoy life undisturbed. There’s a picnic spot opposite the island if you want to pause and imagine what life out there must have been like for all those years.
Before you reach Polperro you’ll pass through another village – Talland – which has a pretty, sandy beach, a historic church and a café if you need a pit stop before carrying on with your walk. You’ll soon reach the whitewashed fishing village of Polperro, complete with winding narrow streets and whitewashed cottages that have graced postcards for centuries.
If you don’t fancy walking back to Looe when you’ve finished exploring then you can either catch the us from the top of the town or (if they’re running) hop aboard one of the ferries, the journey takes about twenty minutes.