A staff recommend: a day trip to the harbour village of Looe

We’re often asked; “so what could you recommend on a day like today?” Although Boscastle is on the north coast, we are still in easy reach of many places and it is just the tips and tricks that can help make it a fantastic day out. Here’s one…

We set off 40 minutes from Boscastle and headed over Bodmin moor to the old market town Liskeard. This town hosts the park and ride for the Looe Valley Line, a scenic branch railway line that connects the town of Liskeard to the picturesque fishing port of Looe. This line is known for its stunning views of the Cornish countryside and the Looe River. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes, and passengers can enjoy a leisurely ride through charming landscapes into the bustling harbour town.

It cost £1.80 for parking all day at the station (post code PL14 4DX) and the train ticket was £5.00 on top. Top tip, platform 3 is not the main line section of the track but a small platform tucked around to the left hand side. We missed our first train but we were cutting it short and decided to get coffee first! There were hourly trains with the last return around half 9pm at the time of writing (February 2024).


The train station is located on the cusp with a flat level 5 minute leisurely stroll to the heart of the town. Looe is steeped in fishing history and at the far end (Looe East) has a small sandy beach just past the RNLI building. The little streets have secluded cottages and town houses of all shapes and sizes with the main streets having a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants tucked away. We past a few pubs offering classics and light bites but found “Number 50” offering a selection of simple meals.

The stroll back to the station for the return journey offered many varieties of ice cream to choose from and after all – when you are on a day visit, an ice cream is an essential pick. On this occasion, it was New York and lime cheesecake! Yum.




A staff recommend: a day trip to the harbour village of Looe