3 of 5 (243 votes)

Looe to Polperro along the Coast Path

A leisurely walk (coast) starting and finishing in Cornwall, England, about 5.60km (3.48 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 47m (154ft)
Descent 46m (150ft)
Max. Elevation 100m (328ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 93m (304ft)
Marine Drive, Hannafore, West Looe
Bus stop by Crumplehorn Inn, Polperro
Distance 5.60km
Duration ~1:30h
Created by rosie154 on 14 Nov 2010
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.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Start of the walk. Walk to the far end of Marine Drive and go through the farm gate.
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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 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
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After about 10 -15 minutes there is the first climb, when steps are reached just after crossing a small stream.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
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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 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
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As you continue onwards you will reach Talland Bay, where there are public toilets and two seasonal cafes. There are two beaches here.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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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 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
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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 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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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 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Once there you can explore Polperro, while walking right through to the bus stop, close to the main car park.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from

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