Walking Talland Bay to West Looe
Distance 3.1 miles (5.0 km).
Duration: 1hr 45min.
Grid reference SX224515 to SX254532.
Park your car at the small car park behind the beach shop, or do as we did and join this walk to the previous stage, that is Polperro to Talland Bay. Once again we followed the stage on the OS Map and in Bob Acton's guidebook 'Around Looe, Polperro & Liskeard - Landfall Walks Book No.14'. It may be a little dated but it is very informative, please be aware though that it is are quite hard to track down.
Leave Talland Bay and walk up the road passing the toilet block. Bear right following the almost overgrown waymark post. As you reach the Smugglers Rest bear right into the car park and look for the path leading through a kissing gate into a field. Climb about 50 steps to the crest noticing that the path is fenced to seaward. Climb steadily until the path levels out as you near Aesop's Bed. Take a stile and climb, keeping left to make best use of the narrow steps, up to the NT marker for Hendersick. Cross another stile and look ahead to the Hore Stone just offshore. The path undulates gently as you pass the Hore Stone about 35 minutes after leaving Talland.
The coast east to Rame Head now fills your view. Cross another stile and take the short climb to a rocky outcrop. Pause to look ahead to Looe Island and left to Portnadler Bay. Drop down at first before climbing 41 steps to a seat. Yet another stile is encountered as you enter a shallow valley. Walk across the boardwalk and take a further stile as you leave NT property. This area is known as Old Mill Cove. The route now descends gradually passing above Samphire Beach whose beach path you ignore.
Now about an hour into your walk, cross a stile before following steps down to another boardwalk. The path gets wider and grassier as you near Hannafore. When you approach houses and a kissing gate read the sign that indicates you have walked 5 miles from Polperro. Walk down the pavement along Marine Drive looking below right to see Wallace Beach. Pass the HM Coastguard building as you continue east.
After about 25 minutes further walking bear right where signed 'Coastpath' to leave the road and walk beside the river as you enter West Looe. From here it is only a five minute walk to Looe Bridge and East Looe, although a ferry will also take you across the river for about 30p a head. We were still hungry for more, so we took a small boat trip to view St. George's Island with its birdlife before returning to the quay for a picnic lunch. Later we walked over to the Fish Market at East Looe to see Nelson - the one-eyed seal.
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