Day 327 Looe (Two Towns and an Island)

Monday 27 June 2016

Talland Bay to Downderry

9 miles

Trerieve Farm Campsite

It was sunny again this morning. My day began with collecting the eggs to make my breakfast. Wonderful. 

collecting eggs for breakfast, my tent in the background (no, I’m not wearing socks, that’s a tan line!)
I had lots of admin to do and hung around with Jane for most of the morning, taking advantage of her wifi. Eventually, as today was supposed to be the best weather for the week, I decided I had to get going. I had been invited to stay an extra day and it was very tempting. 

the lovely red rocks at Talland Bay
I could actually see Talland Bay today; it has lovely red rocks that extend underwater into the bay. 

Looe Island, across Portnadler Bay
It didn’t take long to walk to Looe and I had great views of Looe Island as I walked around Portnadler Bay. The island is a nature reserve and was bequeathed to Cornwall wildlife trust in 2004 by the Atkins sisters. It is also a marine nature reserve and a chapel which, legend has it, Joseph of Arimethea came to visit. 

Looe Island from West Looe
Yet again the sea was the most beautiful colour, a deep blue and very clear. 

the sea was a stunning colour in Portnadler Bay (Looe just around the corner)
Looe is a town of two halves; West and East. They were once individual towns and are physically separated by a river that splits into two; the West Looe River and the East Looe River. 

West and East Looe
It would have been easy to walk across the bridge; however, I preferred to pay 50p to cross the river by ferry. 

the Looe River, and a statue of Nelson on the rocks
On the edge of the river in West Looe there was a bronze statue of Nelson, a one-eyed bull grey seal who lived around Looe Harbour and Island for many years before he died in 2003. It’s funny what captivates people. 

Three separate people, including Jane the food blogger, had recommended Sarah’s Pasties in Looe. Apparently the best in Cornwall (and therefore the World). I can’t describe how gutted I was to find the shop had sold out of pasties before I got there at lunchtime. I went and drowned my sorrows in coffee at The Lookout Cafe instead. 

some bigger cliffs ahead, Seaton visible
It was a steep climb out of Looe to the large houses that line the cliff heading to Mildendreath. One driveway had two Bentleys and a boat in it. 

looking back at West Looe and the town beach
Mildendreath Beach seemed to be almost exclusively for residents of the Black Rock Beach Resort. The sand here had changed from yellow to a darker colour, more grey. 

The cliffs on the way to Seaton had lots of houses and pine trees. Very nice, quiet, suburbia. 

Seaton Beach
Seaton had another ‘grey beach’ with the Seaton River that ran out of the Seaton Valley Countryside Park and across the beach. Seaton merged in Downderry and here the houses had lovely views across the sea but it seemed like every other one was for sale or being rebuilt. 

Seaton Valley
There were 2 campsites in Downderry and I chose the one at the top of a mega-steep hill. The other one was a naturist camp! My campsite was very basic, and it was a long walk back down the hill to the Inn on the Shore for dinner. I did wonder (only for a second) if I should have chosen the other campsite.

walking down the steep hill to Downderry

One thought on “Day 327 Looe (Two Towns and an Island)

  1. Chris F June 27, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Free range eggs…breakfast of champions. On on Juice…….it’s all uphill to London.


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