Looe in South East Cornwall is a very popular family Holiday Resort town, divided into two distinct parts - East and West Looe - with the Looe river running through the centre of the town.
East Looe is the main tourism centre - a collection of narrow streets lined with shops cafes and pubs that lead through to the main town beach. The Beach is ideal for families. Bordered on the west by the Banjo pier - entrance to the main harbour and by a rocky promontory at the eastern edge, it is a compact beach.
Over the years, the town has retained its small fishing fleet, which return at high tide, to off load their catch alongside the riverside quay at the busy fish market, which dominates the towns east Quay. The river is spanned by a seven-arched Victorian bridge , giving access to both sides of the town and to the main Mill Pool Car Park. Looe has two parking areas, both in scenic locations - one adjacent to the rivers by the eastern side of the bridge, the other, larger car park, is on the wesern side of the river at the large Mill Pool Car park. The Mill pool runs along the length of the Western arm of the Looe river, with stunning scenery on the opposite bank, including a heronry. Children love to play along this stretch of the river, catching small fish and crabs from the relative safety of the path that runs along the banks of the Looe river,
Across the seven-arched Victorian bridge lies West Looe, with its 16th century Jolly Sailor Inn and St Nicholas Church and at Hannafore you can explore the rock pools on the beach and look across to St George's, or Looe Island, which has 12th century monastic cells and belonged once to the Abbot of Glastonbury.The island was popularised by the Atkins sisters in their books "We Bought an Island" and "Tales from our Cornish Island".
There are boat trips to the island in the summer season, as well as along the coast. For the more adventurous there are shark- fishing trips. A train journey on the Looe Valley Line will take you to the ancient stone circle at Duloe; the holy well at St Keyne; and Paul Corin's Music Machines.