Static boat holiday in Looe
If you choose a static boat holiday in Looe you will find a multitude of restaurants, pubs, gift shops, convenience stores and a clean safe beach. The Boat is located within easy reach of the South West Coastal path.
There is plenty to do in and around looe. Boat trips to suit everyone from a ferry situated close to the boat, crossing the river, river cruises, glass bottomed boats, trips to Fowey and Polperro in an ex lifeboat or even out to explore St Georges Island (Looe Island).
There are several places to hire canoes, so that you can explore the rivers of East and West Looe, or venture out to sea. If you’re after fish, Looe is the Shark Angling Centre of Great Britain, you can go out to catch sharks, or on one of the many smaller local fishing boats to catch mackerel. But if you would rather just watch the fish in their natural environment, jump on one of the glass bottomed boats and cruise around the Island, you will be amazed at the fish and marine wild life you see.
Looe beach is an ideal location for sunbathing, swimming or even people watching. The soft texture of the golden sand is ideal for sand castle building. If you venture across the river and over to Hannafore the beach there is rocky and ideal for rock pool dipping with youngsters, the individual pools change with every tide, you will be able to see small fish, crabs, red and green sea anemones, star fish, prawns, shrimps and limpets.
Along the same stretch at Hannafore is a crazy golf course, tennis courts and bowls, and naturally a couple of lovely cream tea locations. Looe is a great centre for walkers; some of my favourite walks are from Looe to the ancient fishing village of Polperro along the coast path, stopping for a drink or ice cream at Talland Bay on route. Then Looe to Seaton, walking to Seaton when the tide is ebbing, you have a real sense of isolation walking along this beach route, such a pleasure in all weathers, watching the sea climb up the beach, every time you take this walk it will be different, due to the sea state, then have lunch at the Seaton café and walking back along the coastal path.
There are local buses that can take you to Polruan and Polperro, so if you are a keen walker you can walk on from Polperro to Polruan, timing your walk to catch the last bus home at just before six. As well as using the South West Coastal routes you could also take the train up the scenic valley of Looe, stopping at one of the small stations and walk back down the valley. You could also head up the West Looe valley into Kilminorth Woods and take a circular walk coming back along the water’s edge, these ancient woodlands hang heavy with moss and lichen, and from here I have seen Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Herons and Egrets.
If you were to catch a bus to Hessenford, from there you can walk the couple of miles down through the valley to Seaton and Downderry, it’s never very busy and if you are quiet there is a chance as you follow the river you may see otters, dragon fly, and king fisher’s along the route. This brings you into the park at the mouth of the river where those with a little energy left could enjoy using some of the outdoor fitness equipment. In this area is also a small skate park, children’s play area and a Boules area.
Back in Looe you could visit Looe Island (St Georges Island), the Island is normally only accessible by boat, but on just one or two days a year the tide is so low that you can walk across, but there is not time to linger, before the tide starts rushing in again! The island is open to day visitors, this is a non-profit making organization devoted to conserving the islands natural beauty.
With young children on a wet day in Looe, you could visit Paint a pot in the high street, play ten pin bowling in the amusement arcade, go crab fishing from the side of the boat or use the Hannafore Point hotel leisure facilities which include a pool, steam room and gym. But there are games left on the boat for your use, and if you notify the owners in advance they will try and leave age appropriate games for your young ones to use on a wet day.
With all the above I haven’t even touched on just the simple pleasure of following the Heritage trail, or sitting in at one of the outdoor café tables and just watching the world go by, Looe really does have something for everyone.