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Section 3 - Fowey to Looe

Distance 12 miles - Grade 7 miles Strenuous and 5 miles Moderate - what these grades mean

Today's adventure starts by catching a tiny passenger ferry across the harbour to Fowey's neighbouring village of Polruan. Make sure you pause to view the remains of the medieval blockhouse which was used to stretch a chain across the harbour entrance to Fowey. It's a stiff climb out of Polruan, finally reaching the remains of St Saviours Chapel high above the cliffs before leaving habitation once again.

You now join a remote and wild coastline with some steep and impressive cliff paths to negotiate on the South West Coast Path to Looe. High above the golden sands of Lantic Bay, gaze down with only wild grazing ponies for company, onto South Cornwall's most unspoilt beach.

With the sun out and the clear azure sea, the setting is more reminiscent of the Mediterranean than the coast of England. Protected by lack of road access, if you can make the climb down to the beach you won't forget it - a sensational spot, truly unspoilt,  unchanged and unaffected by the modern world.

The Cornish Coast Path rises and falls along a classic section of coastline with not one house between you and Polperro. Lansallos Cove is another perfect inlet where farmers in the 18 century cut an impressive passage way to the beach through the rocks to get carts down to the sands.

Climb past the white Daymark tower and negotiate your way down Raphael Cliff before Polperro harbour suddenly emerges from a ravine, making a convenient refreshment stop on the route to Looe.

Overnight stops at the fishing village of Polperro on The South West Coast Path

En route to Looe the path become more relaxed, passing through pretty Talland Bay, a great place for a cream tea at the Beach Cafe - you can even hire a kayak here for an hour or so and paddle around this beautiful bay. A final few miles of waterfalls and rolling pastureland includes the remains of the Chapel of Lamanna, built by the Glastonbury monks, and in modern times marking the entrance into Looe for coast path walkers. The final mile is along the seawall at West Looe, with great views out to the dominating St Georges Island just offshore, a fascinating place now uninhabited that was home to the Atkins sisters who documented life on the island in several books. You can visit the island by boat from Looe -  further away if visibility is good enough you might even catch site of the infamous Eddystone Lighthouse 14 miles out.

Overnight stops at the harbour of Looe on the South West Coast Path

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