Looe is a picturesque fishing town in South East Cornwall which was first chartered in 1270. Tales of ship wrecks, piracy and seafaring abound and a rich smuggling history has defined Looe for centuries.
East Looe is separated from West Looe by two flowing rivers and a tidal harbour which a passenger ferry boat crosses all year round. Shark angling trips from Looe harbour are also very popular, we have fishermen in the family and our boat, The Swallow, goes out daily.
The town is full of old winding streets lined with quirky outlets and taverns. Make your way down to the bustling waterfront where you will find one of Cornwall’s largest fishing fleet which consists of 60 commercial fishing vessels.
Watch the fishermen unload their daily catch before dining in one of over 25 restaurants and pubs which pepper the town.
Spend a sunny day lazing on the sandy beach at East Looe before exploring the famous Banjo Pier. Hannafore beach can be found at West Looe and is home to a collection of rock pools where you’ll discover various sea critters in their natural habitat.
The south west coastal path winds its way along the shoreline and offers spectacular views of both the town and the surrounding waters.
The many valley and moorland walks available are reminiscent of Looe’s mining heritage in the mid 1800’s. The prosperity of the town at this time was due to the mining industry which is still resonant on Bodmin Moor at Caradon Hill.
Copper ore and stone were brought to Looe via the Liskeard Looe Union Canal and subsequently the Looe Valley Railway; they were then exported by ship to all parts of the world.