Looe is a picture perfect coastal town; divided by the river East Looe has a traditional fishing harbour and a wide variety of shops, cafes and a large sandy beach. West Looe also has many restaurants to choose from, and visitors can walk right up to the Hannafore Point which has lovely views of the sea and Looe Island.
Less than 5 miles away is Polperro, another beautiful and unspoilt fishing village which has a Heritage Centre of Smuggling & Fishing and several traditional pubs along the waterfront. From both these harbours there are regular fishing trips available out to sea and boat trips across to Looe Island which is a beautiful nature reserve. This is a haven for local wildlife and there are organised guided walks where visitors can spot seals and seabirds.
This is a perfect location for walks along the South Coast, and with easy reach of Looe are the sandy beaches of Plaidy & Millendreath. The Looe golf club just outside of the town has stunning panoramic views of the coastline. Just on the sea front of East Looe is the towns Guildhall Museum which displays much of the ports ancient smuggling and boat building history.
A fantastic day out is the Monkey Sanctuary in St Martins, as well as being a home to rescued monkeys the centre also has a bat and wildlife room and gardens. The Looe Valley railway is a lovely scenic line which follows along the East Looe River.
Cornwall is the most western part of the South West of England and is a very popular holiday destination with its array of golden sand beaches and dramatic cliff top scenery. The Cornish peninsular is bordered by sea, north, south and west with just one (land based) entrance and exit route over the eastern border to Devon. Traditionally fishing, mining and agriculture were the mainstays of the local economy but tourism has since replaced these. Cornwall boasts thousands of acres of un-spoilt moorland protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty. All year round, the 630 miles of coastal walks (preserved in part by the National Trust and Duchy of Cornwall), are enjoyed by walkers of all ages. Cornwall is known for its mild climate giving rise to the plethora of botanical & specialist gardens like the Eden project, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. By escaping to Cornwall you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the many contrasts that draw visitors year after year. From the picturesque fishing villages steeped in history to the iconic Eden Project, looking to the future. Survey the changing landscape from moorland to the dramatic & varied Cornish coastline. Sample the freshest gourmet offerings from the abundance of local produce or simply find a quiet spot and unwind with a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream! Wherever you choose to hang up your boots, you will never be far from the sea.
England’s peninsula incorporates the counties of Cornwall and Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol. This region is mostly rural so is perfect to escape the everyday hustle and bustle, whether relaxing with the family by the seaside or exploring the wild moors and rugged coastline. The area boasts hundreds of beautiful sandy bays to choose from and fantastic surfing opportunities. The historic cities of Exeter, Bath and Gloucester are definitely worth a visit, and with transport links all the way down to Penzance even the famous Lands End and remote Isles of Scilly can be reached.