Looe woodland, river and coast circular walk

Looe woodland, river and coast

A walk following the West Looe river from woods to its confluence and then to meet the Atlantic beside one of Cornwall's mediaeval ports.

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The walk winds into the mature broadleaf woodland of Kilminorth Woods by following the Giant's Hedge, built in the Dark Ages before a woodland existed here. The walk descends to the riverbank and then follows the West Looe river down to its confluence beside the pool that powered Looe's mills. The route follows the river to the bridge and crosses this to East Looe, continuing all the way along the quay to where the river meets the sea at the Banjo Pier. After passing along the beach, the walk winds through the mediaeval alleyways past some of Looe's oldest buildings before returning to the car park.


  • Mature broadleaf woodland with squirrels and chestnuts
  • 6th Century Giant's Hedge
  • River wildlife including herons, egrets and kingfishers
  • Mediaeval streets of East Looe
  • Possible to combine with a trip to Looe Island


  • The woodland paths can be slippery after wet weather.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 107
  • Distance: 3 miles/4.8 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking shoes
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • Harbour Moon
  • The Admiral Boscarn
  • The Bullers Arms
  • The Fishermans Arms
  • The Ship Inn
  • Ye Old Salutation Inn

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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