Walk - Looe, Talland & the Giant's Hedge

7.4 miles (12.0 km)

Millpool Car Park - PL13 2AF Millpool Car Park

Challenging - There are some fairly steep uphill climbs, but the last mile or so is mostly level walking. People with mobility problems can enjoy this section with its views of Looe Island - start from the Hannafore area of West Looe and follow the Coast Path westwards.

A varied walk taking in the beautiful wooded estuary of the West Looe River before crossing the coastal plateau to join the South West Coast Path and follow it from Talland back to Looe. Children will love to follow the ancient earthwork through the woods above the river, and the tiny smugglers' beach at Talland. A wonderful walk in autumn, when the trees start to turn and birds and small mammals rummage through the woods to stockpile supplies for winter.

Use this walk (or part of it) to visit the beach at Talland Bay. This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome.

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.

Studio Cottage Talland Bay

A large self-catering, coastal holiday property with magnificent sea views. Exclusive use of house and 6 acres of private grounds.

Treargel Retreats

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.

Killigarth Manor Holiday Park

Nestled down a country lane, this Park offers a wide range of caravans and lodges. There's a direct path to the magical cove of Talland Bay and facilities for adults and children, including indoor pool, gym, sauna & tennis court.

Landaviddy Farm B & B

Situated just a 10 minute walk from Polperro and close to beautiful Lansallos & Lantic beaches. 2 ensuite bedrooms, ample parking. Cornish cream tea for advanced bookings.

Trelawne Manor Holiday Park

A family friendly holiday park just 2 miles from the lively fishing village of Looe. There's a range of caravans, apartments and lodges available and heated indoor and outdoor pools (with flume).

Great Kellow Farm Caravan & Campsite

*Budget* 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.

Bridgeside Guest House

A family run Victorian Guest House situated in the heart of Looe with bar, outdoor area and harbour views. A stone's throw from Looe's many shops and restaurants and 5 minutes from the coast path.


Fox Valley Cottages, beautiful rural holiday cottages just a few miles from Lantivet, Lansallos & Lantic bays. With indoor pool, hot tub & sauna, plus dog & boot wash.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Talland Church

Talland Church holds many secrets and relics, where vicars, pirates, sea captains and the nobility are honoured. Fine views of Talland Bay, the church is open every day.

Looe Tourist Information

Find all the information you need on places to stay, eat and drink and visit in the Looe area

Barries Taxis

Male & female drivers. Dog Friendly. We are the largest day fleet in Looe. Any distance considered. Call for further information.

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Route Description

  1. Start the walk from the Millpool Car Park. From the inland end of the car park, take the Giant’s Hedge route through Kilminorth Woods, a Local Nature Reserve with a wealth of wildlife interest all year round.

The Giant’s Hedge is an ancient earthwork which ran between the Looe and Fowey Estuaries – a distance of some nine miles. It is thought to have been built in the 6th century by a local chieftain to defend his home territory against neighbouring clans. Patches of it still survive as an earth bank up to two metres high.

  1. When the path leaves Kilminorth Woods, you join a country lane which climbs uphill to cross the main road at Parker’s Cross.
  2. Continue along the lane and turn right at Tencreek Holiday Park to follow the valley down to Talland Bay (which is dog-friendly throughout the year).

This coastline has a long history of smuggling, and at Talland these activities have continued to very recent times. Take in the wonderful views and if you have time, the lovely Talland Church is well worth a detour.

  1. From Talland Bay, follow the Coast Path eastward to Looe.

As you leave Talland behind, there are two prominent black and white panels – daymarks indicating a measured nautical mile and used by the Royal Navy.

  1. Further on the Coast Path rounds Hore Point and the view of St George’s or Looe Island will be with you all the way back to Looe.

Until recently, the island was inhabited by two sisters, but is now owned and managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

  1. From Hannafore Point, the Coast Path follows West Looe Quay to the bridge separating East and West Looe. The car park is just across the road.

Public transport

Looe can be reached by bus from Plymouth, St Austell and Polperro. Trains run between Looe and Liskeard which is on the main Penzance to Plymouth line. For timetable info zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stops symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Millpool Car Park (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL13 2AF) and Talland Bay (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL13 2JB).

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