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This beautiful and ancient coastal region offers a unique mixture of stunning sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, dramatic coastline and breath-taking attractions to create the most popular holiday destination anywhere in the UK. The rolling countryside and the South West Coastal Path provide hundreds of miles of magnificent walks and many of the beaches in the region are dog-friendly for either part or all of the year.

About South Cornwall

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an enjoyable family break a holiday cottage in South Cornwall offers a great way to experience everything the region has to offer, from fun days out to cosy period features and dramatic sea views, there is a lot to offer those looking for a break that has it all.

A food lover’s paradise the Cornish are passionate about their local produce, from freshly caught fish to delicious farm products, Cornwall provides more than just the iconic Cornish pasty and clotted cream. From historic pubs to famous Michelin-starred restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities to savour the incredible food this region has to offer. Take a taste of Cornwall back to your holiday cottage as well by purchasing from the many food markets and farm shops dotted around the area.

 

 

With a rich history of smuggling and privateering, Cornwall’s rugged coastline has always lent itself to dramatic stories of Cornishmen beckoning ships onto rocks to plunder their booty and smugglers, using the many caves and coves along the coast to hide their bounty until they could traffic it further up country to sell. 

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Polperro

Only a little further along the coast you find the quaint fishing village of Polperro, famous for its seafood where the local catch can be enjoyed in the village’s pubs and restaurants. Perched on the South West Coastal Path, Polperro is perfect for walkers while the village also has its own small beach as well as good access to other beautiful beaches, all within walking distance. Along the traffic free Warren is a row of beautiful white-washed fisherman’s cottages offering spectacular views and period features.

 

Looe

Set on the south-east Cornish coast, Looe is a working fishing port and a vibrant town. With a wide sandy beach and numerous restaurants it is a perfect destination for a Cornish cottage holiday. Providing an interesting array of local shops with opportunities to take boat excursions to spot seals and dolphins, as well as organised fishing trips, there is plenty to pass the time in this traditional Cornish town.

Lostwithiel

A small town at the head of the River Fowey, Lostwithiel dates back to the 12th Century and is a vibrant and lively community surrounded by breath-taking countryside. There are plenty of walks making their way out of the town and there is also a main line train station allowing you to leave the car behind on days out around Cornwall.
 

Fowey

Tucked away on the south coast, a little west of Looe and Polperro, Fowey is one of the county's crown jewels. Well known for its famous regatta and Festival of Words and Music, the coastal town sits on the banks of the deep River Fowey, whose harbour is often frequented by cruise ships, tall ships and a host of sailing boats. There are great places to eat and drink and a lovely range of boutique shops, galleries and better known high-street names.

St Ives

Over the years artists have flocked to St Ives, making it an international centre for the arts, with beautiful galleries, crafts shops and their very own Tate gallery, this pretty seaside town is certainly an art lover’s paradise. There is lots to see and do here, with an extensive mixture of shops and restaurants, expansive sandy beaches, dramatic walking routes and cosy pubs, the town isn’t just for those of the artistic temperament.


South West Coast Path, Cornwall

South West Coast Path, Cornwall

Meandering around the South West coast of England is a whopping 630 miles of incredible scenery, ripe for exploring on a dedicated footpath. As the longest National Trail in the UK, the South West Coast Path runs from Minehead in Somerset, along the Devon and Cornwall coast, and all the way to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Sections of the path make for delightful afternoon strolls, or you can be more adventurous and head out on a longer mission. It’s a wonderful way to explore the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery in Cornwall and the South West, bringing you up close and personal with the natural beauty of the area.

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Walking in Cornwall

Providing a series of free walks across the UK, including Cornwall, Walking in England has a dedicated section for our wonderful corner of the West Country, with maps to print and download to explore the area on foot. One of the main reasons people come to visit this part of the world is because of the beautiful natural scenery, so while you’re here it’s a good idea to get out the walking boots and set off on a hearty jaunt. Bring your map, because a lack of mobile signal is one of the things we like the most in Cornwall, and take it all in because it’s even better in reality than it is in the pictures.

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Magic Wood

Magic Wood

The Magic Wood Climbing Centre combines sport and tradition by offering bouldering, top-roping and lead climbing at a wall that’s designed to suit all ages and abilities. At Woodlands Farm in Liskeard, the facility is open from Tuesday to Sunday – from 2pm on weekdays, and in the mornings as well as afternoons at the weekends. Prices start at £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, with family and annual passes also available. Private coaching is available and there are small charges for equipment hire as well, so keep that in mind before you visit!

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Indoor Active

Indoor Active

Shiny and new to Cornwall, Indoor Active offers Soft Play as well as Clip ‘n Climb facilities to entertain the kids on holiday in Cornwall. Soft Play for those who haven’t come across it yet is a three-floor purpose-built play area for children from 0-11 years old, and includes a ball pool and double slide for toddlers on the ground floor level, as well as rope bridges, climbing nets and a maze run on the next two levels. It’s free for children under 12 and prices thereafter start at £4. Meanwhile, Clip ‘n Climb next door is a climbing experience for everyone aged four years and up.The clever concept that allows you to simply clip on to an automatic belay system and start climbing without the need for a partner, makes it a safe introduction to climbing that includes challenges designed for physical and mental testing – who said learning can’t be fun? Prices start at £8 and vary according to off and on peak times.

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Adventure Activities Cornwall

Adventure Activities Cornwall

Adventure Activities Cornwall really does what it says on the tin – it’s a comprehensive guide to activities in the area, that gives you all the information you need to find adventure sports and extreme sports in the great Cornish outdoors. Surfing, kayaking, sailing, go karting, body boarding, kite surfing, land and sea, you name it and it’s on there, providing an extremely helpful resource for adrenaline junkies looking to get up close and personal with this part of the world, all thanks to one enthusiast on an adventure-seeking mission.

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The Buccaneer

Discover traditional dishes in this warm, classically English pub. From the seafood to the wines, meats and ales, you will taste some of the best produce Cornwall has to offer. Take away fish and chips are available.

The Buccaneer, Fore St, Polperro PL13 2QR (Tel: 01503 272699)

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Good pizzas

November 2018


Good food and Yummy pizzas, reasonably priced, friendly people.

August 2018


Very warm welcome. Made to feel at home and a very friendly atmosphere.

July 2018


Great takeaway food

June 2018


Couch's Great House

Enjoy an artfully prepared, modern British evening meal in this sophisticated restaurant. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible.

Couch's Great House Saxon Bridge, Big Green, Polperro, Looe PL13 2QT (Tel: 01503 272554)

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Fabulous.

June 2018


Been a regular visitor since the restaurant opened, every year in fact. Best place for relaxing atmosphere,fine food and a sense of occasion. Best way to end a week in Polperro. Good value and a great chef/owner.

March 2017


Michelle's Restaurant

A local and visitor hotspot, this restaurant creates an intimate, cosy ambience combined with tasty dishes and great service.

Michelle's Restaurant, Little Green, Looe PL13 2RF (Tel: 01503 272459)

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Fabulous food and service, so glad we booked. With so many eating places in Polperro we nearly didn’t bother but so glad we did, a highlight of the week.

November 2018


This is a real gem.Sunday lunch was delicious with loads of veg and great gravy.We returned later in our stay for an evening meal,same friendly welcome and superb fresh freshly caught fish.The chocolate bread and butter pudding....wow! Be sure to book or you could be disappointed.

October 2018


Excellent food and very good lady owner. Top marks.

July 2018


we loved this place! the food was excellent. We went to a number of excellent places in cornwall (fifteen, rick steins plus several local places) and this was by far the best. The food was 'home cooking' style but beautifully down using superb ingredients, the portions were huge (too big!) and the service very friendly and welcoming. Whats more, it was just on the door step. I would say this is a must visit for anyone going to polperro.

June 2018


Had two lovely fish meals here and would recommend to anyone who enjoys fish as Michelle's husband is the fisherman so a good selection of very fresh fish and lovely friendly staff

June 2018


Just had dinner here tonight. Food off the chart fabulous. Michele is an amazing Chef

May 2018


Best food in polperro :)

October 2017


Delicious food and friendly helpful staff. It's a good idea to book a table. We were lucky enough to get a table on spec on Thursday and booked for Friday right after!

August 2017


Great food, fantastic staff well worth a visit you won't be Dissapointed but book early as gets fully booked.

July 2017


We enjoyed a delicious meal at Michelle's and it was a real treat to take our well behaved dog into a restaurant. Staff and customers all very friendly - altogether a memorable evening.

July 2017


Had a really good Sunday lunch here. Food nicely cooked & presented. Friendly and attentive service would highly recommend.

June 2017


Enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch here, food cooked and presented nicely. Friendly and efficient service too. Highly recommend.

June 2017


Excellent on both visits, good ingredients well cooked and presented

April 2017


The Three Pilchards

The oldest pub in Polperro, full of historic charm with a hillside garden overlooking the village.  Here you will be served hearty homemade meals including fresh seafood, along with a range of well-kept wines, beers and lagers.

The Three Pilchards, The Quay, Looe PL13 2QZ (Tel: 01503 272233)

 

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Great pub food, massive portions! Lovely staff and great to meet beautiful pub puppy, Albert.

November 2018


Great food , warm welcome

October 2018


A friendly welcome.Good food.The portions were generous.

October 2018


We had some lovely meals in here served by very friendly staff, and very dog friendly.

September 2018


Very tasty food but beware, no.desserts!

August 2018


Great food everytime!

August 2018


I thought the service very poor in here. i was the only person sitting at the bar with my partner and with three members of staff available, i waited politely for 5 minutes before asking is anybody serving. The young lad turned round to and responded "I could be" the food was ok

August 2018


Another one of Polperro's gems, great seafood, excellent ale and superb service, thanks to all.

June 2018


Superb food!! Best food we had in polperro.

June 2018


Loved this pub on our first visit and definitely weren’t disappointed second time round. Fantastic food, staff and service we went in everyday, would definitely recommend as a must when visiting Polperro

June 2018


We couldn't leave Polperro without eating at 'The Three Pilchards', whose name alone conjures up the impression of a very old, quaint smuggling pub, (which is exactly what it is). The fact they serve a fantastic fish pie and fresh seafood dishes in a comfortable, friendly environment was a bonus ... but don't expect a dessert - (not that you'd be able to manage one).

May 2018


We highly recommend The Three Pilchards as "The place to eat and drink"...beautifully prepared dishes...the seafood was absolutely delicious. Fish Pie was 5*. The outdoor area was great to sit in and very dog friendly. Staff all so welcoming and hardworking. Fabulous!

May 2018


Disappointed in the Pilchards. Food was expensive and staff a bit off hand. Used to be great but seems to have changed hands.

May 2018


Great people, Great food

May 2018


Lovely food, visited a couple of times over a week... great service, nicely kept ales and lots of effort for local and Cornish drinks including ales, guns and rum... friendly staff... and Jake the dog was great !

May 2018


Really lovely atmosphere in the pub. Staff very nice a friendly and we enjoyed our meal. Would recommend to anybody

April 2018


Great food and lovely people. Nice pub garden looking out over the village.

April 2018


The Three Pilchards is my favourite Cornish pub. In good weather, the roof terrace has lovely views over Polperro and must be recommended. In winter, the log burning fire is a brilliant comforter. The beer and food are excellent. On my most recent visit to Cornwall I had lunch there on two days. On the first day I had game pie with roasted root vegetables including beetroot, carrot and parsnip. The pie was a proper, free standing, shortcrust pie - not a small dish with a puff pastry crust. It was brilliant. On the second visit, I had crab bisque to warm me up followed by crab salad. Polperro is a clear choice for seafood. The owners, staff and pub dog are friendly and welcoming. The pub itself is dog friendly. I don’t think I’d visit the area without calling in at the Three Pilchards at least once.

March 2018


Great pub with amazing food and a warm welcome from all the staff. Definitely worth a visit if you're in polperro

February 2018


Food superb,like the informal atmosphere,and not to far to crawl back to accommodation.

July 2017


Fantastic food and wonderful views from the beer garden.

June 2017


Fantastic place a little chem of a cottage we have been coming for 19 yrs and will still be coming in another 19 yrs.

June 2017


Great service, great food, well kept beer and great views from the terrace.

June 2017


Lovely bar staff and fabulous beer garden, really nice pub

May 2017


Lovely food, brilliant, welcoming people! Thank you

May 2017


Lovely pub. Excellent service and food. Very friendly staff.

May 2017


No desserts? I understand the comment in the menu but I prefer a main and a dessert. I am afraid there was no where on a Sunday night in March for me to go elsewhere and buy even an ice cream. I may have stayed and spent another £10 at least if I could have had a dessert and a coffee. The food I had was fine.

April 2017


Blue Peter Inn

For a warm welcome and good locally sourced food and beer, spend some time at The Blue Peter Inn.  Caters for vegetarians, gluten free and fish lovers!

Blue Peter Inn, Quay Rd, Polperro, Looe PL13 2QZ (T: 01503 2727433)

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Good service and friendly staff

October 2018


Friendly staff, tasty food.

August 2018


Amazing food, good selection of drinks, superb scrumpy, very warm welcome from every member of staff, relaxed friendly atmosphere great entertainment Thursday-Sunday and they loved the dog, what more could you want!? ????

August 2018


Our favourite pub in Polperro. Visited more times than we can remember. very friendly staff and excellent food

June 2018


Marvellous pub with fantastic food, really welcoming, World Music Day was brilliant thanks to all the staff for memorable times.

June 2018


Superb food, friendly staff, best pub I know

June 2018


Our favourite pub in the whole of Cornwall, we frequent it most nights on our weeks holiday each year and eat there at least twice a week and have never had a bad meal. The only problem with the Blue Peter it isn't big enough for when there is music on and gets very crowded but apart from that a brilliant pub and the bar staff who have been there a few years are lovely and friendly.

June 2018


Call for a drink after walking from Looe, had to make a return another day and we had a fabulous lunch. Lovely people. Lovely place. Lovely food.

May 2018


The Blue Peter is the best pub in Polperro. Lovely food and atmosphere. Highly recommended

May 2018


Lovely pub and staff... well kept ales... never actually ate there but visited a couple if times and other people's meals looked great... excellent traditional pub...

May 2018


Great little Pub. We always enjoy our visits here. Friendly staff and good service.

April 2018


Wonderful pub, super staff, and really good food. Go for the music at weekends, great atmosphere

April 2018


Fantastic pub! Great atmosphere, fantastic food and staff. Definitely worth a visit!

February 2018


The best food around. The other restaurants in Polperro do not compete.

July 2017


Superb food, good range of real ale and very friendly staff. We were made to feel very welcome and would highly recommend this place! It is one of the best pubs we've visited in our week in Cornwall. Thank you to Abi and the excellent bar staff.

July 2017


What an amazing pub - great food, warm welcome, perfect setting and if you time it right you get to hear great bands!

July 2017


Enjoyed several meals here food nicely cooked and friendly service.

June 2017


Proper pub with great food and beer with staff treating you like a local

June 2017


A great atmosphere and delicious local fish. A warm welcome from the staff,

May 2017


My 7 year old daughter thinks The Blue Peter does the best fish and chips ever! (And we agree!). Lovely friendly staff and great food.

April 2017


Excellent food and very welcoming.

April 2017


Looe Beach

In East Looe, the beach sits directly in front of the old town, sheltered by the Banjo Pier and overlooked from the east by the hillside of Mount Ararat.  A good family beach that has something for everyone, at low tide the sandy location is safe for swimming although it’s recommended you steer clear of the river mouth beyond the pier.  The beach backs on to a seafront walkway which runs its length all the way to Second Beach to the east, where it tends to be less busy and it’s good for snorkeling.  As it’s in the centre of the town there are lots of facilities and cafes nearby, but in the summer it’s a very popular spot and parking can be tricky, with traffic prohibited during these months, so be prepared for a bit of a walk.

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A wonderful place to sit relax eat an ICECREAM or a pastie, if the seagulls will let you! Perfect beach x

August 2018


You cannot fail to love Looe beach, early morning, during the day or for and evening stroll. A super clean beach.

May 2018


Lovely sandy beach. No dogs allowed but there is a small cove at the far end which allows dogs to enjoy their holiday too with a dip in The English Channel.

May 2018


Looe beach and seafront is cleaned every day (in season?) and looks good. A joy to sit and watch the sea and people passing by.

April 2018


Really good! Good sand and sea. Activities for the kids too. Difficult to get to cos no parking nearby.

August 2017


Plaidy Beach

A small and pleasant grey sand beach with rocks exposed at low tide, Plaidy Beach is simply a nice place to visit and take in the scenery.  There aren’t any facilities, and there’s no parking nearby so it’s one to reach on foot.  There’s a slipway to the beach, but you will have to access it by walking along the coast path, parking at Millendreath or Looe and it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s quite steep from both directions.  Millendreath is closer and the walk should take around 20 minutes.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, so it’s a charming place to take them for a walk while you’re in the area.

 

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Great to walk to at low tide on the beach or at high tide via the footpath. Great dog friendly beach.

August 2018


Hannafore Beach

Half a mile west of Looe, stretching along the coast, Hannafore Beach is a sandy, shingle bay with a rocky reef and views of St George’s Island.  At low tide it’s brimming with rock pools, making it fun and games for the whole family to enjoy, and it’s a wonderful sun trap in summer months thanks to its south east facing position.  Because of its location over the river, the beach never really becomes too busy, but equally there aren’t any facilities nearby.  It’s popular with dog walkers as it’s amongst the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and having explored you can extend your excursion to a stroll along the promenade or a potter around the coast path to the wonderfully scenic Talland Bay.  There is roadside parking along the sea front above the beach, but it can be difficult to find a space.  Alternatively, there is a large car park in West Looe, around 10 minutes away on foot.

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Lovely for the dogs!

August 2018


Really nice beach and walk

June 2018


An interesting beach, but beware the incoming tide !

April 2018


Great beach. Good view of looe island. Loads of shells to collect. Lots of dog walkers tho!

August 2017


One of the many dog friendly beaches we visited lovely coastal walks to Talland Bay the nature reserve island is very interesting great refreshments available and not forgetting the free parking available all day which is very useful.

June 2017


Millendreath Beach

Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach at the foot of a wooded valley, in a sheltered cove with soft sand and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide.  It’s connected to other nearby beaches by the South West Coast Path.  Dogs aren’t allowed on this beach at any time of the year, and there is a reasonably sized car park a few minutes walk away.  The beach is popular with families on holiday in Cornwall, and most of the surrounding area is occupied by a holiday park, so there are lot of facilities open to the public.

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Talland Bay

A small, quiet beach between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay actually comprises two beaches, one of which has sand both at low and high tide and is good for swimming all the time, while the other is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide.  There is a ramp for launching boats from the main beach and there are lots of small coves and tidal pools to swim in as well, so it’s a delightful area to explore in the water.  Parking is limited, but there is a small, free car park by the beach and paid parking at The Beach Café, all of which provide easy access to the sand.  Thanks to the nearby café, visitors can also benefit from the accompanying facilities, on-site shop, and tuck into Roskillys Cornish Ice-Cream as well.

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A lovely place to walk too on the way to Looe. Hard work back up the hill to polperro, bit it's worth it!

October 2018


The coastal walk from Polperro to Talland Bay is outstanding. As both are scenic, (and Talland Bay benefits from an excellent cafe and free toilets), it makes for an excellent morning or afternoon trip in good weather.

May 2018


Lovely beach,beautiful walk from Polperro. Dogs requested to be kept on leads (which I suppose is preferable to a ban!). Families seem to use this beach alot.

May 2018


An interesting beach at low tide and lovely views.

April 2018


Brilliant. Bit seaweedy. Wear beach shoes incase of weever fish stings.

August 2017


Polperro Beach

In South East Cornwall, Polperro is widely thought to be one of the area’s most picturesque fishing villages.  Brimming with whitewashed cottages all the way down the harbour, the beach sits in a sheltered position under the cliffs, only visible at low tide and close to the harbour.  Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular destination and can get busy in the summer months.  Dogs are not permitted at the beach during peak season, from Easter to October, and while parking in the village itself is all but impossible, but there’s a large car park about a mile up the valley with a regular shuttle service going up and down the hill.

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Easy access, dog ok

October 2018


We visited Polperro harbour/beach with our springer spaniel and although the write-up says no dogs allowed, they are allowed, just on a lead between 10am and 6pm, although beach is small, the sea is safe to swim in and not full of huge rocks, lovely ????

August 2018


Lovely clean small beach.

May 2018


Polperro is a magic place. It is so pretty with its winding streets and old cottages and the harbour with its fishing boats. The residents are so friendly and welcoming and there’s a wide choice of restaurants and cafes. I particularly recommend Michelle’s for fantastic food and a real welcome. As a woman on my own I dined there, as elsewhere, with no feeling of awkwardness. Breakfast at the House on the Props just unbeatable! Spring is one of the best times to visit for the wonderful coastal walks and the masses of wild flowers. When you visit, think about the parking situation before you go as it needs organising, but many rentable cottages have spaces provided in the main car park and PauI who runs a little motorised transport system for luggage is very helpful and reliable. I am one of the thousands of people who just love Polperro and every time I visit feel a great reluctance to leave.

May 2018


Enjoyed the harbour etc and all the shops but had dogs so did not visit the beach but a beautiful setting.

June 2017


Lantivet Bay

Between Polruan and Polperro along the coastal path, Lantivet Bay is only accessible at low tide when a sand and pebble beach is revealed.  Parking is in the National Trust car park at Polruan, where there are toilets as well, but there aren’t any facilities closer to the beach itself.  Dogs are allowed all year round, which is lovely as it’s the perfect beach to incorporate into a walk.  The National Trust recommends a charming circular route, starting in the car park and taking in 2.4 miles of beautiful bays and surrounding landscape, and giving you the chance to explore the area with its rich smuggling heritage.

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Polruan Back Beach

In the heart of Polruan, Back Beach is not short of facilities and nearby shops and restaurants.  A pretty little beach that’s popular with families, it has beautiful views across the river to Fowey and is a lovely place to watch the world go by with all the boats pottering along in front of you.  It’s predominantly a sand beach, leading to a sheltered section of the river, so it’s good for swimming, but there aren’t any lifeguards around.  The only complication for access is that it’s very difficult to park in the village, and it’s a considerable walk down the steep hill from the car park at St Saviours, or a ferry ride across the river from Fowey.  Therefore, it’s best to combine a visit with a day exploring the village itself to make the most of it.

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