The Looe Valley bus and train from Liskeard to Looe make it easy for our guests to explore by public transport from the doorstep of Polraen Country House. We print our Top Ten Day Trips from Looe on the back of our breakfast menu. Whilst you relax over a coffee at breakfast with a country garden view, you can plan a day without the car, using the Looe Valley bus and train. So take a day off – there’s no need to drive!
Our suggestions have proved so popular with guests staying at Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley that we thought we’d share our recommendations with you.
Cornwall With and Without a Car
Be adventurous! Why not explore Cornwall by car, bus and train? It’s rare to find hotel accommodation in Cornwall in such an idyllic rural location enjoying the convenience of both bus and train services.
Exploring By Looe Valley Line Train
Guests really appreciate our proximity to the scenic Looe Valley Line. You can stroll up the lane from Polraen Country House to Sandplace Station in about 4 minutes. Sandplace is the last stop before Looe and it takes about 5 minutes for the train to skirt the riverbank into Looe along the prettiest stretch of the Looe Valley Line. The train runs to a GWR timetable. You flag the train down as it stops on request, going back and forth on a single line track to Looe and Liskeard. From Liskeard, you can connect with mainline services across Cornwall and beyond. This makes for a perfect day trip by train to St Ives, Falmouth, Truro and Plymouth. Cheap day returns and group/family discounts make the journey easier, faster, and far more relaxing than by car. It’s less costly too (no fuel or parking charges).
In recent years, extra services have been added on the Looe Valley Line. It now provides a year round service Mon-Sat but most importantly, trains now run later of an evening. This permits our guests to extend their day trip or enjoy an evening meal in Looe, returning to Sandplace Station by train. The last service back from Looe arrives 21.41 and the Sunday service resumes from April 5. Scroll down to download a timetable.
Travelling By Plymouth CityBus 73
At Sandplace in the Looe Valley, Polraen Country House benefits from Bus Route Number 73 – an hourly bus service. Plymouth Citybus 73 runs from Polperro via Looe and Sandplace through the Looe Valley to Liskeard and beyond to Pensilva up on Bodmin Moor. It stops on request right outside the hotel and honours senior citizen bus passes. If you’re privileged to carry one, then it’s an hourly free shuttle service from the hotel’s front doorstep to Looe and Polperro. Buses run til about 7 in the evening. We’re happy to assist with directions, timetables & loan Ordnance Survey maps. Scroll down to download a timetable.
Top Ten Day Trips from Looe
- Looe to Polperro Cliff top walk (on foot and by bus)
- Eden Project via Bodinnick Ferry and Fowey (by car)
- Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Victorian port of Charlestown (by car)
- Lanhydrock – a gem in the National Trust portfolio of historic houses (by car)
- Days out by train to St Ives, Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, Plymouth (by train)
- Whitsand Bay & the Rame Peninsular – the beaches & villages of Cornwall’s ‘forgotten corner’ (by car)
- North Coast to King Arthur’s Tintagel, Boscastle and Rick Stein’s Padstow (by car)
- The contrast that is Bodmin Moor, granite formations, ghosts and Bodmin Jail (by car or by bus)
- Discover grey seals and amazing wildlife on visit to Looe Island (by bus/train and boat)
- Go on a mackerel or deep sea fishing trip from Looe (by bus/train and boat)
Touring By Car
Without negotiating any narrow back lanes, it’s a direct route from Polraen’s car park to the A38 via Morval on the A387. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be on a fast road heading east to fantastic beaches at Whitsand, the Rame Peninsula and Devon or west into deeper Cornwall.
Full details and a print friendly download of our Top 10 list is available here. At Polraen, we know that a little bit of local knowledge can go a long way in making the difference between a good holiday and a great one. We are more than happy to assist you during your stay, with suggestions on things to do, places to visit and how to get there. Why not book your holiday in Looe now?