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Children dangle their feet – and a line – over the quayside, waiting for a crab to bite. A little girl skips excitedly past – bucket and spade swinging in the breeze – headed for the beach as mum and dad plod along behind. This is Looe – a little Cornish white-washed fishing village that comes alive in summer as a perfect spot to play in the sand, hike the Cornish cliffs and take wildlife-spotting boat rides around the coast.

Things to see

Start off in West Looe with a leisurely stroll through the winding streets, stopping by the river to admire the picturesque scenery – fishing boats bob up and down the estuary, rows of white-washed buildings straddle the hillside and the glistening English Channel glimmers under the Cornish sun. Stop at a café for a Cornish cream tea – only acceptable with lashings of cream and jam – or try a pub for some hearty lunch – Cornish pasties are always tempting, as is just-off-the-boat fresh fish. If you fancy adventuring, join the rows of families waiting eagerly for the next glass-bottomed boat ride out to sea, excited at the idea of seeing fish, seals and maybe a dolphin or two. Those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, should explore the rock pools at the end of Looe Beach to seek out crabs, shrimp and sea anemones.

Hotels in Looe

Looe is the perfect place to enjoy some welcoming Cornish charm in homely guesthouses, quaint B&Bs and traditional inns. Although a popular place for family holidays, accommodation in Looe tends to err on the upmarket side, with most places being either 3 or 4-star rated, perfect if you fancy spending your evenings reading a good book by the fire, or lazing in the garden with a glass of wine. If you’re looking for a cheap hotel, take a self-catering cottage or head to a campsite instead, as accommodation in the town can be pricey, especially in summer.

Where to stay

You can pretty much stay anywhere in East or West Looe to be within walking distance of the town centre, the beach and the quay. West Looe and its quayside offer plenty of fishing village charm among higgledy terraced streets brimming with tea rooms, pubs and guesthouses. For slightly less quaint accommodation, a handful of 4-star rated guesthouses are scattered around the train station area of Shutta, while those looking for watery estuary and sea views can find plenty on offer all over town. Outside of town there’s an array of rural farmhouse B&Bs, rental cottages and campsites.

How to get to Looe

Unless you’re planning to head out into the countryside, it’s perfectly easy to leave the car at home. Train journeys to Looe Station are a pleasant 30-minute ride along the pretty Looe Valley Line from Liskeard, which connects with the London to Penzance mainline. Parking in Looe can be tricky in summer, so the train really is a hassle-free option. It’s good for the environment, too. Buses from Plymouth arrive regularly and are a less expensive alternative. Everything’s easily walkable in Looe, and those who enjoy hiking can head out of town along the cliff-side coastal paths.