Walk - Polperro to Portwrinkle

12.7 miles (20.4 km)

Polperro Portwrinkle

Challenging - Moderate to strenuous

The South West Coast Path leads you along a fantastically varied journey of high cliff paths, urban landscapes, shady woodland, passing rocky coves and through wide open fields, resulting in a mixture of easy strolling and some more strenuous walking.

After Looe, the Path passes through the holiday village of Millendreath and opens up again on Bodigga Cliffs, where the views open out to the Path ahead and Rame Head in the distance. 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 at 462 ft (141 m). From here you enjoy some truly fantastic cliff walking to the fishing village of Portwrinkle with views of the 4 mile expanse of Whitsand Bay beyond.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Treargel Retreats,near Looe

Treargel is the Cornish name for 'a home of retreat' and provides a sanctuary in nature for those needing to get away from it all.

The Bungalow B&B

A warm welcome awaits walkers in my home overlooking Whitesand Bay. 200m from Coast Path. Open all year.

Hendersick Farm House

Traditional farmhouse B&B hospitality. Sea views, rambling gardens, footpath to the coast. All day kitchen facilities. Muddy boots welcome.

Hannafore Point Hotel, West Looe

A Stunning hotel where a warm welcome awaits you from our attentive team, with great food and drink all in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Treliddon Farm

200 year old farmhouse in Downderry is a home from home offering drying facilities, wifi & free Downderry pick-up/drop-off. Self catering also available. Phone 01503 250288 for further details

Camping Caradon Touring Park

Located halfway between the harbour towns of Looe and Polperro. 3.5 acres of level ground with excellent facilities. Open all year. Free wifi. Local bus service.

Windsworth, St Martin, Looe

Take a break to stay in an old stone longhouse, offgrid and in a nature reserve on the Cornish coast - with a discount for South West Coast Path walkers.

Woodlands B&B, Looe

WOODLANDS is a lovely Victorian country house set on the edge of secluded woodland, overlooking the peaceful Looe river estuary.Within easy walking distance of Looe.

House On The Props B&B

B&B & Restaurant.16th Century timber building 'propped' up over the river on old ships timbers. On the Path overlooking Polperro Harbour & Quay

Riverview Farm

Relax amongst nature and wildlife – Riverview Farm is a small, working farm overlooking the East Looe River valley. Self catering – sleeps 4

Great Kellow Farm, Lansallos near Polperro

Great Kellow Farm is situated above the beautiful village of Polperro. We are a quiet family & dog friendly campsite. The campsite has sea views and easy access to country and coastal walks.

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Highlights

  • The First World War granite cross memorial at Downend Point.
  • Talland Bay, with its dramatically positioned, ancient church dedicated to St Tallanus.
  • Views from Hendersick, above the Hore Stone, out to St George’s Island (also known as Looe Island).
  • The fantastic names, such as Aesop’s Bed, Samphire Beach, Chimney Rock, and Eglarooze Cliff.
  • West and East Looe. You can easily travel between the two halves of Looe by keeping to the quayside and crossing the river over the arched bridge, or if you are walking in peak summer season and particularly enjoy boats you can take a ferry across the mouth of the harbour. West Looe is comparatively sleepy and has a good selection of inns around the harbour. There are plenty of refreshments, galleries and shops in East Looe, which can be very busy, and the Old Guildhall Gaol and Museum on Higher Market Street contains a wealth of information about Looe’s fishing and shipbuilding history. Tel: 01503 263709.
  • Exploring the many rock pools of Downderry Beach exposed at low tide.
  • Battern Cliffs and views of the seabirds around the Long Stone stack.
  • Views of the tiny harbour of Portwrinkle from Britain Point.
  • The walls of the 17th-century pilchard fishing cellars still standing above Portwrinkle harbour.

Shorter option

Seaton (8.8 miles, 14.2 km) and Downderry (9.9 miles, 15.9 km).

Longer option

The next village on the path with accommodation is Kingsand (9.8 miles, 15.8 km) beyond Portwrinkle.

Public transport

The easiest way to reach Polperro is to catch a train to Looe and then a bus. From West Looe buses go to Shortacross on the A387 where you can change for a bus to Portwrinkle. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

 

Parking

Polperro (Post code for Sat Navs: PL13 2QR), Talland Bay, inland near Hendersick Farm, Looe, above Millendreath Beach, Seaton, Downderry and Portwrinkle.

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