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Looe Beach on a summer summer day

Looe (Cornish: Logh, meaning deep water inlet) is a small coastal town, fishing port and civil parish in the former Caradon district of south-east Cornwall, UK, with a population of 5,280 at recent census (2001 & 2011 census'). The two electoral wards mentioning Looe but also including Polperro had a total population of 7,117 at the 2011 census.

The town of Looe is approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of the city of Plymouth and seven miles (11 km) south of Liskeard. and is divided in two by the River Looe, East Looe and West Looe Porthbyhan, meaning Little Cove) being connected by a bridge.

The town centres around a small harbour and along the steep-sided valley of the River Looe which flows between East and West Looe to the sea beside a sandy beach. Off shore to the west, opposite the stonier Hannafore Beach, lies the idyllic St George's Island, otherwise known as Looe Island.

Polperro Quaint and Historic Village in South East Cornwall

the quaint and historic village of Polperro

Polperro (Cornish: Porthpyra, meaning Pyra's cove) is a village and fishing harbour on the south-east Cornwall coast in the south west of England, within the civil (and partly in the ecclesiastical) parish of Lansallos.

Polperro, through which runs the River Pol, is 7 miles (11 km) east of Fowey and 4 miles (6 km) west of the neighbouring town of Looe and 25 miles (40 km) west of the major city and naval port of Plymouth. It is a noted tourist destination, particularly in the summer months, for its idyllic appearance with tightly-packed ancient fishermen's houses which survive almost untouched, its quaint harbour and attractive coastline.



Lifeboat Station at West Looe Beach

Looe has an inshore lifeboat station run by volunteers and provides support to the offshore lifeboat in Fowey

West Looe Hill

This almost single track road connects the top of the town to the harbour.

Looe as viewed from the sea

The harbour at Looe is tidal and is dry for part of the day with just Looe river running gently through it.

Polperro Harbour at Low Tide

Polperro is a tidal harbour and houses a small fishing fleet with a fish market.

Polperro War Memorial on the Polperro to Talland cliff path.

The South East Coastal Path can provide easy and challenging walks

Fishing Boat leaves Polperro Harbour

The fishing fleet also entertains vistors to half hour trips along the coast and half day fishing trips