Places to visit in Cornwall
Blessed with fantastic scenery and some of Britain's most quiet and unspoiled beaches, Cornwall is a dream location for loafers, lovers and ramblers alike. Whether your idea of heaven is finding the most romantic of picnic spots for a lazy lunch or roaming miles of epic, craggy coastline, there is a lot to love about Talland Bay and the surrounding area. Here are some of the best Cornish beaches and places to explore:
Walking the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is easily accessible from the hotel. Turn left out of the car park, and either follow the road down the hill, or cross the field down the hillside. At some times of the year there are livestock, sheep and cattle here, so the road may be your most suitable route. The path is signposted from the bottom of the hill: Polperro is about an hour's walk to the west, Looe about an hour to the east. Most of the going is relatively easy underfoot, but sturdy footwear is advisable, especially if we have experienced a spot of typical Cornish rain. For the more ambitious, the South West Coast Path runs along the entire county, including some of the most challenging and beautiful walks you will find anywhere in Britain.
Quiet Coves and Secret Beaches
The Cornish coast is home to dozens of beaches from small hidden coves that are only accessible via cliff top paths to larger, family orientated areas with refreshments and attractions. Closest to the hotel is the bay at Talland, which is a shingle beach, with plenty of rock pools and associated life. In Looe there is a small sandy beach close to amenities. Dogs are not permitted on Looe beach. At Millendreath (further east of Looe) is a shingle beach, continuing to the east are Seaton and Downderry beaches. Downderry beach features an interesting wave cut platform of slates amongst the shingle.
A LITTLE BIT FURTHER...
Off the South West Coast Path to the south, there are many gorgeous beaches destined to be discovered - Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay are firm favourites. Both feature an energetic climb up the cliffs afterwards (good for walking-off the picnic!) Continuing to the west, is Par; thanks to its large expanse of sand it's one of the best dog friendly beaches in South East Cornwall. Other beaches along this stretch of the coastline and easily accessible by car are Porthluney and Portholland.
Over towards North Cornwall, but still within easy reach of Talland Bay, are the beaches of Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth, Fistral, Little Fistral and Newquay Town, each with plenty of amenities. Dogs are welcome on these beaches. Also dog friendly on the north coast are the beaches around Porthcothan Bay (just west of Padstow) and Trebarwith Sands near Tintagel. Further to the west, the beaches at St. Agnes, Hayle and St.Ives are all sandy expanses. If you feel like venturing further afield, the golden sands at Sennen are only a couple of miles from Land’s End.