Looe – A Cornish Gem

Looe Cornwall offers everything from beaches to great food and quaint holiday homes

The Cornish gem that is the thriving, quaint, and travel poster perfect little bolt-hole town of Looe is certainly one of our southernmost counties most popular destinations. With a thriving tourist market that boasts all kinds of accommodation. From pitching a tent, to first class country hotels and even a small selection of Cornwall holiday homes in Looe to select from, this is a British destination that should be on everybody’s bucket list.

It is a reasonable travelling distance from the city Plymouth and yet is somehow totally hidden away from prying eyes on the south east Cornish coast. Although the busy destination it is not overwhelmed by mass tourism as is the case with its ‘neighbours’ St Ives and Newquay. This is a perfect little seaside resort that has an awful lot to offer.

Beautiful Beach

One of its incredible attractions is its beautiful beach which is definitely child friendly. It is not a huge stretch of sand, but again, this makes it more suitable if you have kids in tow. The beach also offers a few facilities including some shops, a few cafes and public conveniences. Children of all ages can spend entire days just peering into the numerous rock pools searching for starfish, crabs and all manner of marine life.

As well as stunning views, seemingly from every vantage point in and around the beach and town. Looe is also renowned for its smattering of hidden away little shops that offer a wide array of things to buy or just places to spend an afternoon or early evening window-shopping.

Ancient Woodland

Just outside the town, next to the main car park, is the edge of the ‘lungs of Looe’ otherwise known as Kilminorth Woods. This is a beautiful ancient oak nature reserve which is brimming with all kinds of birds including kingfishers, redshanks and the elusive curlew. In the woods you may also be lucky enough to spot some other local residents which include badgers, foxes and even the Bambi-esque Roe Deer.

Much of the woods are easily accessible, but some areas are a little steep. But to counterbalance that all footpaths are considered ‘ permissive’ which means that regardless of who actually owns the land anyone is free to enjoy the woods to their fullest extent. The main central path is also a bridleway so obviously well suited to horse-riding, this is also an area where cyclists are allowed to take in the splendour of this genuine ancient woodland.

Eat and Drink

Over the past few years Looe has become somewhat renowned for its array of incredible seafood restaurants. And given its location with its own fishing harbour it is hard to imagine why anyone would want to eat anything else but that days catch for dinner.

There are of course other types of eateries from cafes to pubs which offer extremely good value for money lunches and evening meals. These pubs also offer up local evening hospitality which is, again, compared to its neighbours, somewhat subdued, which is as it should be in this quiet little backwater of the Cornish Riviera.