Polperro to Looe coast walk

Walking trail

This part of Cornwall had lively trading links with the Mediterranean even in prehistoric times, and it is said that Jesus visited Looe, accompanying his uncle, Phoenician tin trader Joseph of Arimathea.

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The walk passes an early Christian holy site and the ruins of the medieval chapel built on it after a number of pilgrims drowned trying to reach its predecessor on Looe Island.

Looking over to the Net Loft at Polperro from the harbour


Map route for Polperro to Looe coast walk


Crumplehorn car park, Polperro, grid ref: SX204515


From the Crumplehorn car park walk down through Polperro to pick up the South West Coast Path on the north side of the harbour and walk steeply uphill, past the seating area at the viewpoint.

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Keep climbing the hill to follow the coast path past the mouth of the harbour and around the Warren.

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Carry on along the coast path to Talland, taking note of the detour which guides you around the fragile cliff and leading onto Talland.

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Following the coast path above the bay at Talland, carry on along the road beyond, dropping onto the path beside it for a short way, and turn right with it onto the footpath towards Hore Point at Hendersick and towards Looe.

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Carry on around Hore Point, leaving Talland Bay for Portnadler Bay.

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Ignoring footpaths travelling inland, carry on along the coastal path to the gate at Hannafore.

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Going through the gate, carry on along Hannafore Road, following it along above the beach as it curves around the mouth of the harbour.

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Carry on along the western bank of the river and into West Looe. Stop at the fire station to catch the bus back to Polperro, or continue ahead and cross the bridge to visit East Looe, with its shops and craft galleries, catching the bus from Shutta Road.

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Looe Fire Station

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Polperro to Looe coast walk


Path, narrow and stony in places, with some steep ascent and descent including flights of steps. After a steep climb out of Polperro the gradients are fairly gentle.

Dogs are welcome under close control as farm livestock may be present.

Polperro to Looe coast walk

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Polperro to Looe coast walk

How to get here

Crumplehorn car park, Polperro, South East Cornwall
By train

Looe railway station.

By road

On A390 at East Taphouse take B3359 towards Looe and Polperro, forking right after Pelynt for Polperro.

By foot

South West Coast Path

By ferry

From Fowey to Polruan.

By bus

Looe to Polperro 281. See Traveline

Polperro to Looe coast walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome under close control as farm livestock may be present
  • Be aware of cliff edges and unstable cliffs - keep children supervised