The village of Duloe might be small, but that doesn’t mean it’s not special. Lying 5 miles from the bustling town of Looe, it is a great spot for a holiday with its own community shop and a medieval church. The village pub, The Plough Inn, provides a wide menu of locally sourced food and there is a new children’s play park to keep the kids entertained. Duloe is also home to Cornish Orchards Cider, producing an award-winning range of ciders and soft drinks.
The village is steeped in history, being home to both a holy well and an impressive prehistoric stone circle. Duloe Circle is made up of 8 bright white quartzite stones, the largest of which stands at 2.65m (8.7ft) tall and weighs in at a whopping 12 tons. The monument is believed to be Bronze Age but was known to be very popular with the Druids back in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Duloe is only a few miles from the beautiful South Cornish coast, so if you’re looking for a day out on the beach there are a number to choose from. At Looe, there’s a large sandy beach with the distinctive Banjo pier. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path for some spectacular coastal views, and stop off to refuel in the beach café at Talland Bay. Make time to visit the quaint, historic fishing village of Polperro and when you fancy a little retail therapy, why not explore the nearby harbour town of Fowey, with its plethora of shops, cafés and pubs.
A holiday cottage in Duloe offers an excellent base from which to explore this lovely corner of South Cornwall.
Linking the bustling market town of Liskeard and the picturesque fishing port of Looe, the Looe Valley Railway Line takes you on a journey through an abundance of landscapes from heavily wooded valleys teaming with wildlife to glorious estuary views as the river meets the sea. See the river full of wading birds such as Litte egrets, Grey herons, Oystercatchers and Curlews, before stopping in Looe to explore the beaches, restaurants, shops and pubs. Take a peek at their online journey planner for prices and timetables. Dogs go free (up to two dogs per person).
Cornwall’s biggest exotic animal sanctuary, Porfell Wildlife Park is a family attraction close to Looe, which has been running since 1989. It plays home to more than 250 animals from around the world, who have found their way to the sanctuary through neglect, injury, illegal importation or simply because they weren’t wanted. It’s a chance to get up close to wildlife, feed the animals, touch them and learn all about the natural world. There are woodland walks, a children’s farm, a café, a Maasai village, and you can meet or even adopt the animals that you see. Opening hours vary, so keep an eye on the website, and prices start at £9.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.
Owned by the East Loose Town Trust, the Looe Museum is managed by a small community of volunteers, and gives a delightful insight into the history and character of the area. It’s an opportunity to develop your knowledge of the town and locality whether you’re a first time visitor or frequent tourist. They frequently house new exhibitions and take part in local events, acting as a supportive part of the community. In 2016 they celebrated the 150th anniversary of the lifeboats in Looe for example, by loaning some of its objects to the RNLI for a dedicated exhibition. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children, and £4.50 for families.
Award winning dining in the pretty Cornish village of Duloe, offering a warm welcome in a relaxed atmosphere. Serving real ales, fine wines and simple honest cuisine made from the finest seasonal produce from the local area. Relax with a drink outside in the garden enjoying the lovely views across Looe valley, or cosy up in front of the fire.
The Plough, Duloe, Liskeard PL14 4PN (T: 01503 262556)
A character, 16th century village inn situated in the ancient village of Pelynt. Serving local ales, lagers and ciders, and taking pride in their locally sourced, freshly prepared food. Particularly popular for their Sunday roasts. Plenty of parking.
The Jubilee Inn, Jubilee Hill, Pelynt, Looe PL13 2JZ (T: 01503 220312)
Not your average fish and chips. Generous portions of the freshest locally sourced sustainable fish, cooked to perfection to enjoy either in the restaurant or to take away. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Kids and dogs are welcome! Fully licensed with its own parking too.
The Coddy Shack, St Martins, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1NX (T: 01503 263091)
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Brilliant we found this after arriving from a very long journey and needed some where to find food as it was quite late Nothing in Looe was open and we stumbled on this place great fish and chips yum!
Appeared closed down when we visited during the Easter holiday
Excellent food beautiful fish and chips a must try not your normal fish and chips great service.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Great beach pet friendly beach with rock pools etc for the dogs to explore