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Looe Area Guide

Looe Bridge Image courtesy of Flickr user Robert Pittman

Looe is a small coastal town and fishing port in southeast Cornwall, made up of the twin towns of East Looe and West Looe. The two are dissected by the River Looe, but joined by a seven arched bridge built in 1857. East Looe is the busier part of town, and includes the harbour and main shopping area, while the west of the town remains quieter, although it too has its fair share of shops, restaurants and hotels. The town takes its name from the Cornish 'Logh', meaning 'deep water inlet'.

Surprisingly, Looe is famous for its New Year's Eve celebrations, when visitors flock from around the country to celebrate the New Year. The streets become filled with thousands of people in fancy dress and a party atmosphere is added to by fireworks displays launched from the town's Banjo Pier.

Demographics

The accommodation in Looe varies considerably, from large detached houses overlooking Looe Harbour to small apartments in converted buildings amongst the town centre.

Due to Looe's rich history, buildings date from around 1500 when the Old Guildhall was built (it is now the local heritage museum).

Most of the property in Looe is owned or privately rented by persons over the age of 35 who were born in the United Kingdom, although its dependency on the tourist industry sees people of all ages visiting the town throughout the year.

Education

Due to its sparse population density, there are few schools in and around Looe.

Looe Primary School, located on Hay Lane, East Looe is a mixed state maintained school with 285 pupils. It was rated inadequate in a 2012 Ofsted inspection, as pupil attainment was found to be below the national average. The school however has made considerable improvements since this inspection.

The nearest independent preparatory school is Roselyon Day School which is approximately 30 km away in Par.

Looe Community Secondary School is located on Sunrising in East Looe and is a mixed state maintained school with 609 pupils. It was rated 'good' in a recent Ofsted inspection.

The nearest independent secondary school is Tamar Valley School in Plymouth.

Transport

As Looe is located in a rural area and relies heavily on the tourist industry, public transport varies throughout the year.

Although Looe has good connections to other towns by bus and train (from Looe Station), travel to smaller villages and hamlets is difficult for those without access to their own transport.

The A387 is the main road in and out of Looe.

Amenities and Shopping

A popular holiday destination, Looe has an array of amenities for both tourists and locals looking for culture, history and outdoor pursuits.

Looe has a wide variety of excellent pubs and restaurants, including Barclay House which is situated high on a sloping hill overlooking the river, and serves locally sourced seafood.

Shopping in Looe is centred mainly on the harbour, where it is possible to browse an array of independent local boutiques that sell local produce and handmade arts and crafts.

Looe is a great centre for walkers, sailors, divers and nature lovers with a variety of beaches, attractions and activities in the vicinity to occupy visitors. Examples of this are the South West Coast Path, which passes through the heart of Looe, and boat rides to catch sight of the rare grey seals that inhabit the harbour.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.