Hop on the train to Looe this half-term for a swashbuckling FREE treasure hunt.
Please note: The pirate trail has now ended, but we’re already planning its return for the Easter holidays. Watch this space or follow our Great Scenic Railways Facebook page.
How does it work?
The Pirate Captain is about to set sail for the Caribbean but he’s lost his crew in Looe. Can you help him find them all?
Follow the clues in the trail booklet to find each pirate. They’re on window stickers like the one above, hidden in and around the town’s shops, pubs and restaurants.
Complete the trail to win some tasty treasure and a sticker of your favourite pirate (available at the end of the route until 4pm each day). You’ll also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a family train ticket to London, courtesy of Great Western Railway.
Where to get your booklet
Trail booklets can be picked up on board the Liskeard to Looe train from Sat 15th Feb to Sat 22nd Feb (except Sunday, as there are no trains on the branch line in winter). Booklets are also available from the ticket office at Liskeard station.
How long is the trail?
It’s 1.5 miles, including the walk to/from the train station. One section of the trail includes hopping on the little ferry across to West Looe (75p per person). The ferry only runs when the tide is high enough (see tide times). At low tide you can either skip this part (you can still complete the trail without it) or you can walk via the bridge, but this adds a further mile.
Taking the train
The journey from Liskeard to Looe takes 30 minutes and costs £4.60 (Off-Peak Day Return). 5-15 year olds are half-price and under 5s are free. You can buy your ticket on the day from Liskeard station ticket office. The last stretch is really scenic as shown above!
If travelling from further afield, there is parking at Liskeard station (£2.20/day) or you can take the train from Plymouth to Looe for just £6.50 Off-Peak Day Return (change at Liskeard, overall journey time approximately 1 hour).