Striking out in the early morning, springtime sun the heat and glare welcomed us as we tackled the coastal walk from Looe to Polperro. Due to the storms earlier in the year the path had been damaged which meant the walk was far steeper…but meant for some better elevated views of the Atlantic and the inaccessible shore hundred of feet below. The walk started around the Hannafore Point headland that sets off west from the river entrance at Looe. The tide was low so we could get in amongst the rocks, the lines and channels seemingly designed by nature and man.
The path soon headed steeply upwards as the cliffs rose sharply and then taking us in to farmland beyond the normal route, where sheep normally only get to take in the open ocean waters. The wet ground was drying quickly in the late morning light and with tired legs we decended down to the first stop, the tiny cove and beach village of Talland with a great beach cafe. A quick drink and some cake and then off to explore the empty sands and coves as the tide slowly turned its weight in to returning up the land.
With sand on our shoe we tackled the steepest climb out of the cove and up the cliffs, often walking backwards to rest the muscles and taking the view back towards the beach and hills behind us. The path again cut in a temporary route back across the clifftop and behind some houses before joining back up with the original path. From here you could see the shallow water below change colour with sandbanks and rocks capturing and reflecting the hazy sunshine.
With a good few miles now behind us the path dropped gently around a right hand corner and the bay entrance to Polperro appeared, with the high wall of the harbour welcoming visitors.