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A Looe Valley Walk in Spring, South East Cornwall

Bluebells Looe Valley Walks

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

Looe Valley Walks with a dogAll 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.

 


 

 

 

Autumn Break Ideas in Looe

Autumn Hotel Breaks in Looe View fromm Polraen ConservatoryHere’s a few ideas for an autumn shortbreak in Looe. Cornwall takes on a charm of its own in autumn when fishing villages and tourist towns take a snooze in the run up to Christmas. But there’s still lots going on. See below.

Book one of our low season shortbreaks from £75 per person for a 2 night stay including Martin’s magnificent breakfast, ensuite accommodation, convenient free onsite parking and Wifi.

But what makes an autumn short break in Cornwall special?  There may be a slower pace, but there’s still lots going on.  Here’s a few reasons to book an autumn hotel break to Looe.

What’s On

Nov 13-19: Looe Literary Festival. World renowned authors, poets and creative thinkers will give talks in our lovely town. Guest speakers include ex British Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen and TV Science and History presenter Adam Hart Davis.
Dec 1-2:  Looe Festive Weekend.  Santa arrives in Looe with his reindeer; there’s a lantern procession, open air carol concert and a Santa Fun Run.
Dec 9-10: Christmas Fairs at Mt Edgcumbe and The Lost Gardens of Heligan  – a perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts from artisan producers of food & drink, arts & crafts with entertainment and Christmas Carolling
New Year: Looe’s fancy dress and fireworks tradition turns the whole town into one brilliant party. We have two rooms left at Polraen for a minimum 3 night stay. Of course, Polraen is the perfect place to relax if you prefer to see in the New Year quietly.
January: The Camelia’s at Mt Edgcumbe are stunning and Cornwall’s mild climate gives us an early Spring when you can visit Cornwall’s beaches and National Trust houses and gardens before the crowds.

Reasons to Choose Polraen Country House

  • Our location: all the peace of the countryside with Looe 3 minutes down the road – our stress free ‘out of town’ location at Sandplace is perfect for Looe, Polperro and ideal for touring Cornwall
  • Relaxation: enjoy autumn colours and sounds in the peace and quiet of the Looe Valley. Hear the cough’ of a pheasant or the hoot of an owl – but no sea gulls!  Watch shadows lengthen across the garden against the backdrop of a wooded valley changing colour. See the mist rise from a dew covered lawn as the sun climbs above the Looe Valley countryside.
  • Great food: A choice of breakfasts from Eggs Benedict to the Full English or lighter alternatives. Of an evening, relax in Polraen’s hotel style facilities and take advantage of the the option to picnic in The Conservatory
  • Convenience: Easy access from an onsite car park with public transport to Looe, Polperro and beyond on the scenic Looe Valley train or bus.
  • Bedroom comfort: The comfort and cleanliness of our 5 well equipped 4 star Gold Award ensuite rooms. Our mattresses get rave reviews and we earn a thumbs up for ‘sleep quality’. Read our Reviews.
  • Our Reputation for hospitality: Feel at home in the warmth of award-winning family run hospitality from your hosts Gill and Martin Bridges. 

Call us on 01503 263956 to book direct.

These special prices are not available through online travel agents. Short break prices are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Call us to purchase a gift voucher! Or check room availability below: