Days out around Polperro, Looe and Whitsand Bay

Looking down to Sharrow beach

There are lots of outstanding places to discover around Polperro, Looe and Whitsand Bay.


Sharrow at Whitsand Bay on the Rame Peninsula is a good surfing beach, often with RNLI lifeguards in the main season.
The beach has miles of golden sand, making it a great place for a family day out for picnics, swimming and surfing. Look for the grotto here too.
There are no National Trust car parks along this stretch, but above Sharrow is a council car park and further up the lane on the main road is more parking. Please be careful where else you park and respect other people's access and property.

Trethill Cliff

Just along from the tiny old fishing village of Crathole are Trethill cliffs. Heading south east the coast path weaves through them, before taking you around Tregantle Fort where you can drop down to the beach, or stay up high on the South West Coast Path.


Looe is a very busy fishing port, with day-boats catching the fish you can buy in the local fishmongers.
Families love to spend time on the safe beach at East Looe and if you want a bit more peace, then go along to Hannafore and explore the rocky nooks and crannies on the beach as well as having a front row view of Looe Island.


Head west from Hannfore in West Looe, or walk down from our small car park at Hendersick and you'll find Partnadler beach. Being off the beaten track this bay is quiet and a good rock-pooling spot. Look over to your left and you'll see Looe Island and on the right is the headland of Hore Point.

Talland Bay

On the coast path between Looe and Polperro you'll discover Talland Bay. Access is down narrow and windy lanes and once you arrive parking is tight, so it's a good place to walk along the coast path to.
Explore the thirteenth century church just up the hill and on the beach you can see multicoloured rock making it a picturesque place to go rock-pooling. Check the tide times to avoid getting cut off.
With two seasonal cafés (not NT).


The ancient fishing harbour of Polperro is a charming place to visit. Down on the front at the harbour mouth you'll see the Old Netloft which we offer out for exhibitions and small community events. Hiding beyond here is a natural swimming pool that you can reach by finding the stone staircase and winding your way down.
The village has the Warren on one side and Chapel Cliffs on the other, both with a network of footpaths to explore and on the South West Coast Path.
To find out more about using the Netloft contact our local ranger team:, 01726 870146.

Beach days

It's great to head out to the coast, whatever the weather. Keep safe as you have fun on the beach: