Looe to Polperro along the Coast Path

Submitted by rosie154 on 14 November 2010
OS Explorer Map: 107 - St Austell & Liskeard
(29 votes)
A linear, half-day coast walk in England starting at Marine Drive, Hannafore, West Looe, Cornwall, about 5.5km (roughly 3.4 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This is a popular walk of about 5 miles which takes you to the Village of Polperro, where there are regular buses back to Looe.
Start: Marine Drive, Hannafore, West Looe, Post Code: PL13 2DJ
End: Bus stop by Crumplehorn Inn, Polperro, OS Grid: PL13 2RJ
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 192m (630ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 382m (1255ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 190m (625ft)
Max. Elevation: 100m (328ft)

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OS Grid: SX253523
Start of the walk. Walk to the far end of Marine Drive and go through the farm gate.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SX249519
The way to Polperro is easy to follow, just keep the sea on your left and look for the well worn path. The first part is across flat fields and has beautiful views of Looe Island.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SX245519
After about 10 -15 minutes there is the first climb, when steps are reached just after crossing a small stream.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SX240511
After the next short descent, there is a gate on the left for an optional detour to Port Nadler beach, which is owned by the National Trust. The path takes you on around the cove to a headland where there are superb views up and down the coast.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SX234512
As you continue onwards you will reach Talland Bay, where there are public toilets and two seasonal cafes. There are two beaches here.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SX227514
Between the two there is a short, quiet stretch of road. Just beyond the second beach take the path to the left, up the short, steep climb and then left again, just after the handrail finishes. Keep to the path as it joins a lane leading to a house, here there are beautiful views of Talland Bay.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SX221511
Once past the house the coast path climbs and it is worth pausing by the War Memorial, both for a welcome break and to appreciate the views.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SX216509
Shortly afterwards the path levels out, here you will catch the first glimpses of Polperro, and it is soon downhill all the way to the village.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SX209509
Once there you can explore Polperro, while walking right through to the bus stop, close to the main car park.
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