This roundtrip Looe Valley walk is one of my favourite memories of walking with May (RIP), our sorely missed black labrador. The original blog was posted in Spring 2010. Fortunately we now have a lovely golden retriever called Bella.
Starting Point: You can set off on this wonderful Looe Valley circular walk from the doorstep of Polraen Country House at Sandplace, PL13 1PJ. Alternatively, you can start from Sandplace Station, the last but one stop before Looe on the Looe Valley Line.
Looe Valley Bluebell Walk Video
Get a sense of the magic of the place by watching the video then read on………..
Bluebell Walk in the Looe Valley
“I set off walking this morning from Polraen Hotel, up the Looe Valley to Sandplace Station with our black labrador May. We ended up having one of those walks that makes you happy to be alive! We continued along the lane toward Tregarland Bridge, then veered off on a public footpath above the Looe Valley railway line. May was startled as we stumbled across two courting ducks and strolled along the track above the Looe River with wild garlic brushing our ankles.
After about half an hour walking along the track in the valley bottom next to the river, I intended to stop at Lower Wringworthy. It was a lovely morning so I continued on a circular walk. We finally emerged on the main road heading back through Morval.
Our route took us down past Tregarland Farm back into the Looe Valley. The views down onto the valley below are stunning, looking beyond inquisitive cows to fields of sheep grazing at Morval Barton Farm. We continued past pretty cottages and hedgerows brimming with flowers and headed back down to the valley bottom to join the B3254 past Sandplace Station back to Polraen.
Looe Valley Walk with a dog
All in all, a one hour walk which lifted the spirits and made me so happy to be living in South East Cornwall. The dog thought it was a treat too! It’s not often I get the time to do what our guests can do from our doorstep at Polraen! But walking in the Looe Valley is good for the soul!!
Spring days are being warmed by lots of sunshine, and the hedgerows in the Looe Valley are stunning. With an extended flowering season, the daffodils and primroses are vying for attention along the roadside while carpets of bluebells will soon be appearing on the wooded slopes. Pink and white campions and violets peep from the grassy banks and the first signs of cherry blossom are showing on the trees.
Looe Valley Line Transport
At Polraen, we like to help guests explore without the car. We lend maps and provide public transport information for the bus and Looe Valley train and love sharing our knowledge of the area. Other than the Looe Valley Line train, bus number 73 provides an hourly service running from Liskeard to Polperro. You can also access a range of walks from other stations along the railway line. Now, you can also download the Looe Valley Line Heritage app which reveals the secrets of the branch line through historical photos and tales from the past.
In recent years, the local landowner has undertaken considerable groundworks along this green lane betwen Tregarland Bridge to Plashford and Lower Wringworthy. On the positive side, this has provided greater access. The path can now be walked more frequently without wellies and its status as a bridlepath for horseriding has been resumed. Thankfully much of the garlic has recovered!! There are lots of Looe Valley Walks but this one is off the beaten track and worth the effort!! It takes about 1 to 1 and a half hours depending on walking speed but it’s still a fantastic walk, particularly in spring. You can easily reach it by taking either the bus or train out of Looe along Sandplace Road and alighting at Sandplace Station on the Looe Valley Line.
Gill Bridges, owner of Polraen Country House at Sandplace in the Looe Valley wrote this blog. Polraen Country House is an 18th century former coaching inn offering AA 4 Star Gold Award Guest Accommodation.
Bargain Breaks at Polraen Country House
If you want to catch the bluebells in the Looe Valley this Spring, check availability on Polraen’s Spring Breaks from £70 per person for 2 nights including breakfast. Or book 4 nights and get the last night free.