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 hours 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 coastline. Beaches:
The coasts of Cornwall harbour dozens of beaches from small hidden coves that are only accessible via cliff top paths to larger, family orientated areas with refreshments and attractions. Swimming is generally considered to be safer on the south coast beaches, but be aware, there are some strong rip tides present on some beaches. It is advisable to wear shoes or sandals whilst on the beaches in Cornwall. Weaver fish, which lie buried in the sand, can drive a nasty spike into the sole of your foot without warning.
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.
Off the south coast path are some idyllic beaches,such as Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay, with an energetic climb up the cliffs afterwards. Continuing to the west, is Par beach – dog friendly and with a large expanse of sand. Other beaches along this stretch of the coastline and easily accessible by car are Porthluney and Portholland.
Over on the North coast within easy reach of Talland Bay and each other 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. Golf:
St.Mellion International Golf and Country Club. A choice of two courses at this site – the Nicklaus course and the gentler Old Course.
Located at St.Mellion, Saltash, near Plymouth. Telephone 01579 351351.