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Location


Looe is located on the south coast of Cornwall, some 20 miles west of Plymouth (Devon) and 240 miles from London. Liskeard is some 10 miles distant, Polperro 6 miles and Fowey 12.

by Car:

Looe is most easily reached by car - travel from England via M5 and A38 and cross the River Tamar at Saltash (Plymouth), continue on A38 to Trerulefoot and take first exit at roundabout A374 and after 1 mile turn right on A387 to Looe.

An alternative route is to use the A30 to Okehampton (junction off M5/A38 near Exeter). This avoids congestion at the Tamar Bridge (there is work in 2003 on the tunnel under Saltash on the Cornwall side of the bridge).. From Okehampton take A386 to Tavistock, then A390 to Liskeard, then A38 - B3252 - A387 to Looe. Alternatively you could use the Torpoint Ferry to cross from Plymouth into Cornwall, but expect delays at peak times

 
 

Parking in Looe

Once in Looe the car will be useful for all the visits you will want to make to places of interest in the area. However Looe is not the easiest place to park - except in the off-season don't expect to find street parking.

For the town centre (East Looe) there are two main parking areas and some smaller ones:

1. The Quayside in East Looe (entrance just by the bridge over the river), which is frequently full. If the "full" notice is out near the entrance (by the river bridge) save yourself time and frustration in looking for an empty space by believing it at the outset and go to either -
2. The Millpool car park, which is across the bridge (west or Polperro side of bridge), slightly up the hill and turn right. A very large car park about 500m - 750m / 5 to 10 mins walk from the town centre, or
3. One of the smaller car parks - (a) south of petrol station on A387 (east side of river), 100m north of river bridge or (b) on quayside in West Looe (small number of spaces).
All the car parks in Looe are pay car parks (Pay & Display) 24 hours a day.

by Rail:

Looe has a station on the Looe Valley line which connects with the national rail system at Liskeard Take a Great Western or Virgin train to Liskeard (on Paddington - Bristol - Exeter - Plymouth - Penzance line) and, depending on time of day, either take the Looe Valley line train to Looe, or bus, or taxi (10 miles from Looe). The Looe Valley line runs during the day only so check the timetable carefully bearing in mind your time of arrival. The timetable for the Looe Valley line is available at -
http://www.carfreedaysout.com/times/ttlooe/ttlooe2.htm

by Coach or Bus

National Express coaches run to Plymouth and to Liskeard and local bus services can get you to Looe. But do your homework first or you may have a long wait!

by Foot

One of the nicest ways to get to Looe is whilst on a walking holiday on the South West Coastal Path / Cornish coastal path. The path passes through Looe. There are a number of guide books (including an Ordnance Survey guide)
 

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Latest updating - 28 July 2003