Another week and another coastal walk, and one I’d had my eye for quite a while and never got around to. This weekend I wanted not to drive as far, less than an hour and this one fits the bill nicely, especially as I found a nice National trust car park inland near to Hendersick Farm, which would mean it wouldn’t be too busy. I therefore didn’t rush out of bed and started the walk at a leisurely 10.40am. Looking at the route I saw two issues and ones that I really should have thought harder about, the climb out of Polperro is horrific, its a kilometre in length and averages 10.5% in gradient and steeper in lots of it. There’s then a steep drop down to Talland Bay before another 125metres of climb out of the bay to Hendersick Farm. Both of these being in the last 2 miles of the walk as well, not good planning. All in all the coastal sections of this walk are fairly gentle, plenty of places to stop and eat and some good pubs in both Looe and Polperro. The weather was a weird one, it started brightly and I saw some sun in Looe, however the further I went to Polperro the lower the cloud went, eventually I was in the cloud/sea mist as I walked the return along the roads. Perhaps consider doing this one as an out and back along the coastal path and even though it makes the walk a longer one it would avoid the steep climbs!
Start – Hendersick Farm
Route – Portlooe – Portlooe Cross – West Looe – South West Coastal Path – Hannafore Point – Hore Stone – Talland Bay – Polperro – Brent – Talland Bay – Hendersick Farm
Distance – 8.5 miles Start time – 10.40am Time taken – 4hrs 40mins Highest Point – The car park 126metres
Weather – Mainly cloudy, some sun in Looe and low cloud at the end, very humid