Looe to Plymouth
A Varied Coastline
Looe to Plymouth 28.8 miles/2-3 days
The fishing port of Looe offers a picturesque start to this walk from the quayside and across the West Looe River. It continues along a varied coastline of high cliff paths, urban landscapes, rocky coves and through wide open fields, resulting in a mixture of easy strolling and some more strenuous walking. In some places the path twists and climbs to heights with spectacular views, especially on the approach to Battern cliffs, which is one of the highest points on the south coast of Cornwall. It passes another fishing port at Portwrinkle before arriving at the largest city in the South West at Plymouth.
Looe is a town of two halves, the sleepy West side with its inns around the harbour, and busy East Looe with its shops and galleries. You travel between the two by keeping to the quayside and crossing the river over the arched bridge or by catching the ferry in summer.
As the route passes Battern Cliffs at 462ft (141m), you enjoy some fantastic cliff walking with views of the four mile stretch of sand at WhitsandBay. As you arrive at the fishing village of Portwrinkle you can see the walls of the 17th century pilchard fishing cellars that still stand above the harbour.
The next stretch of Coast Path is mostly easy walking with just a few short steep ascents and descents. The path passes a military firing range at Tregantle Fort where you can take the seaward permissive path or if the red flags are flying take the alternative route.
It leads through sheltered woodland to the twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand and on to Mount Edgecombe Country Park with fantastic views of Plymouth. The 17th century MountBatten Artillery Tower, at the end point in Plymouth, guards the southern end of the harbour.
- Looe to Portwrinkle (8 miles)
- Portwrinkle to Kingsand/ Cawsand (9.8 miles)
- Kingsand/ Cawsand to Plymouth Mountbatten (11 miles)