12th January, 2022

Walks from the railway – Looe station to Hannafore Beach

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Enjoy this short walk (1 mile each way) from Looe station, with some great views of Looe Island (watch our sneak preview on YouTube).

Hannafore beach is great for exploring rock pools at low tide (see tide times). Dogs are allowed all year.

If you’re feeling adventurous you can extend the walk along the South West Coast Path to Polperro.

Exit right from the railway station and follow signs down Station Road to the bridge. Cross over it to West Looe, then turn left and walk down Quay Road alongside the harbour. In front of St Nicholas Church (which dates back to the 14th Century) take the path to the left to stay alongside the water. You’ll pass The Sardine Factory restaurant and a monument for Nelson the Seal.

At the end of this path, steps bring you up to the road. You will see a steep hill which curves round – walk up this hill. Caution: there is no pedestrian footpath. At the top of the hill, you can enjoy the great views of Looe Island. To head down and explore Hannafore Beach, take one of the exits along the path down to the seafront.

Extending the walk to Polperro (5.5 miles)
For a longer walk, you can continue on the South West Coast Path to the picturesque village of Polperro before catching bus 72/73 back to Looe. Get full directions (PDF).

Map of route

Train times
Look up trains and buy tickets on the GWR website or app. Note: trains on the Looe Valley Line run Monday-Saturday during winter. Sunday trains re-start on 3rd April.

More to explore
Check out more walks from the railway across Devon and Cornwall.

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