Winter's a great time to visit Cornwall - enjoy fantastic sunsets, beaches all to yourself, cosy pubs and atmospheric coastal walks.
Looe's charms include its picturesque harbour and beaches, its restaurants specialising in fresh local ingredients, and its maze of narrow streets. Arrive by train on the scenic Looe Valley Line with its estuary views.
Stretch your legs with a winter coastal walk from Looe to Polperro (get directions):
Or explore Looe's lovely beaches - with the summer crowds long gone:
Our three top Looe tips:
The Old Sail Loft - fantastic local food at this former haunt of smugglers of yesteryear!
Visit the far South West and explore St Ives' glorious beaches, harbour and cobbled streets. The final part of your train journey sees you arrive via the St Ives Bay Line (pictured at the top of this post). The scenic branch line hugs the coast offering great views.
Winter sunshine bathes the town in a gorgeous light:
Even on grey days the empty beaches and cosy harbour-side restaurants make for a great getaway:
Our three top St Ives tips:
The Sloop Inn - 14th Century pub that serves great locally sourced food