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Looe - A traditional Cornish Gem

Looe - A traditional Cornish Gem

6 day tour visiting Cornwall's historic coastal towns & villages


6 day tour visiting Cornwall's historic coastal towns & villages


Looe is situated on both sides of the River Looe. The two towns are joined together by a bridge across the river. In medieval times East Looe and West Looe were separate towns. East Looe includes the harbour and the main shopping centre. West Looe is quieter but also has shops, restaurants and hotels. They are joined by a seven arched bridge, built in 1853. This replaced a much earlier bridge from the 15th century and there are still buildings of this period in the town. It has been a holiday resort for more than 200 years. It is worth visiting the harbour quay to watch the fishing boats coming in to unload their catches. The arrival of the small fishing fleet is a busy and colourful scene. Local fish can be found on the menus of many local restaurants. The Banjo Pier is a popular point from which to see the returning fishing trawlers at high tide. However it can be dangerous in bad weather. In East Looe there is a beach beside the Banjo Pier. In West Looe is Hannafore Beach, from which there is a view across to Looe Island.



Mevasgissey (Cornish: Lannvorek) is a village and fishing port situated approximately five miles south of St Austell. The village nestles in a small valley and faces east to Mevagissey Bay. The inner and outer harbours are busy with a mixture of pleasure vessels and working fishing boats, the remains of a once major industry. However, tourism has supplanted fishing as the dominant industry in recent years. Mevagissey village centre consists of narrow streets with many places to eat and shops aimed at the tourist trade. The outer areas are built on the steep slopes of the surrounding hillsides and are mostly residential.



Plymouth, on the south coast of Devon, is situated between the mouths of the rivers Plym to the east and Tamar to the west, where they join Plymouth Sound. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers departed Plymouth for the New World and established Plymouth Colony – the second English settlement in what is now the United States. Plymouth Hoe, known locally as the Hoe, is perhaps best known for the probably apocryphal story that Sir Francis Drake played his famous game of bowls here in 1588 while waiting for the tide to change before sailing out with the English fleet to engage with the Spanish Armada. The Barbican is an essential first port of call for your visit to Plymouth. Where Drake and Raleigh once weighed anchor, today you can find a bustling community of specialist shops, restaurants, cafés and world-class attractions, all in a picturesque harbour setting.



Just south of Looe is the smaller port of Polperro. A surfeit of touristy gift shops do not quite manage to spoil this quaint old Cornish fishing village whose narrow streets and pretty cottages remain undeniably attractive. Many of the cottages are covered with a profusion of flowers in summer and the streets are so narrow they are banned to cars, which makes Polperro an ideal place to explore on foot. There are shops selling paintings, pottery, jewellery and lots more souvenirs for the visitor. In addition, there are galleries and arts and crafts exhibitions. The village was notorious for smuggling activities during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Everyone conspired to hide the duty-free goods from the excise men. 



The town is centred around the working harbour where boats come and go with the days catches and there’s always a crab line or two to take an interest in. From gift shops to pasty parlours, there’s plenty to recommend, including the National Lobster Hatchery where marine life conservation can be seen in action. Padstow is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary and is now a popular tourist destination. Although some of its former fishing fleet remains, it is mainly a yachting haven on a dramatic coastline with few easily navigable harbours. The influence of restaurateur Rick Stein can be seen in the port, and tourists travel from long distances to eat at his restaurant and cafés.

Day 1

We leave Cumbria in the morning for the journey south via the motorway system into Cornwall and then on to Looe and our hotel - the Portbyhan, situated on the harbour. A welcome drink is served on arrival. Dinner and entertainment tonight at the hotel.


Day 2

A day at leisure in Looe, we have an included Cornish cream tea at the hotel this afternoon. Dinner at the Portbyhan.

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Day 3

Today we visit the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth, wander the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside with its array of specialist shops, restaurants and cafés or visit Plymouth Hoe where Sir Francis Drake had his legendary game of bowls. Dinner on our return to the Portbyhan Hotel.

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Day 4

A Coast to Coast tour today, as we head via Bodmin and Wadebridge to Padstow on the Camel Estuary, time for lunch in this popular seaside resort, with its bustling narrow streets and quaint harbour. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

A morning visit to Polperro. This traditional Cornish fishing village enjoys traffic free narrow winding streets and lanes, tiny fisherman’s cottages, a picturesque harbour along with interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. Afternoon free to explore our charming resort of Looe. Dinner and entertainment in the hotel tonight.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the Portbyhan Hotel in Looe for the return journey home to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Portbyhan Hotel

The Portbyhan Hotel is situated in an unrivalled position, right in the heart of Looe. A large number of the rooms offer superb views over the harbour and town. The hotel was purchased in June 2013 and since then has had an investment £1.2 Million in a full refurbishment plan for the property.


The standard double and twin rooms offer everything you would expect from a modern hotel room. All rooms are en suite and have tea / coffee making facilities, a hair dryer and Freeview TV.


The newly refurbished riverside restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a Full English Breakfast, something from the light bites menu or an evening meal in style.


Enjoy a quiet drink in the Crow’s Nest Bar.


Looe is a busy and vibrant fishing town and the Portbyhan Hotel is your perfect base in the heart of the town.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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