Monday, June 21, 2010

Fowey to Looe ( Mar 13th)

Well, Big A, re comment on Jac's latest blog, this is my fourth post since your last... ! You threw down the gauntlet... looking forward to seeing your response!

You will see that yet again we were blessed with the most beautiful of weather! Today was a Saturday and our trip involved, (in no particular order!) two drives, two bus rides, two train journeys and a ferry crossing.

Our guide book describes this as 'one of the finest stretches of walking between Falmouth and Exmouth' and it certainly did not disappoint.

A taster!

The day began with the drive to Par where we stopped in a little car park near the bus stop. From here we caught a double decker and sat upstairs with wonderful views in all directions. We got off at Fowey and walked down to the harbour to catch the ferry across to Polruan. It had just set off but came back and collected us... and the local Postman!

The water was as calm as a millpond giving wonderful views up and down river, back to Fowey

and on towards Polruan. As we walked out of Polruan we met a couple with binoculars who said they'd been watching a whale in the bay for the last half an hour! They were local and had never seen one there before.

We scanned the bay for a while, turning frequently as we walked but did not see it ourselves. Today there were several steep climbs,

rewarded by spectaular views. We rounded the headland and faced Lantic Bay with Great and Little Lantic beaches.

This is a stunning area, as you get close to it you see how big the cliffs are and how beautiful the beaches.

The path offered its usual wealth of interest... I should know what this is...

... hoping you'll help me out Big A!

The fact that it was a Saturday meant that there were far more people around than usual, and dogs! We climbed several steep ascents, catching our breath at the top of each climb,

and eventually came to Polperro which is another wonderful Cornish fishing village.

White painted houses, narrow streets, a gushing stream between the houses, and a heavily protected harbour.

Violets were flowering in the hedgerow as our walk took us to Talland and on round to Looe. We came across this very tame robin.The first signs of Looe were the island
and from here it was a gentle, and busy, stroll into Looe itself, the tide was in,
so the river was full and the town looked lovely. We called in for a coffee then caught the tiny branch line train

up to Liskeard where we had a long and cold wait for a connecting train to St Austell. From there it was the bus again back to Par and the drive home. It was a glorious day, and I agree with the guide book, it is fine walking, especially the first part as far as Polperro.


  1. Ah! I didn't realise there were >two< blogs! I'm totally overwhelmed.

    That looks like a slow worm to me, but remember "Don't touch the mole".

  2. But wait, there's more! FOUR new posts. How did I miss them?

    I didn't realise there was so much of the South Coast. I guess the other side gets all the publicity.

  3. I'm very much enjoying these Ruthie, especially being able to click on each photo to make it bigger and then zoom in again so I can really take in all the details. Those steep narrow little streets and the stream flowing down between the houses, do you think it seeps into the walls and makes them damp? I'd love to walk those streets and read the names of the cottages and see their front steps decorated with potted plants. Thank you for sharing it with us