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Kilminorth Woods

Age group: 6+

Location: SOUTH Cornwall


Contact: nr Looe,

TEL: n/a


Kilminorth Woods, together with Trenant Woods across the water, forms one of the largest valley oaklands in south Cornwall. The area has been continuously wooded for at least 400 years and therefore, Kilminmorth is classified as a semi-natural ancient woodland. It is not described as a natural woodland, simply because coppicing took place for much of that time, artificially extending the life of the trees by many centuries.


Kilminorth, also known as the 'Lungs of Looe', can be found at the edge of the main car park in West Looe (fee payable). It's a delightful walk along the West Looe River, weaving in and out of the woods and there's a real sense of getting away from it all - even in the height of summer.


It's also a good spot for kayaking up the river looking out for local wildlife like egrets, buzzards, crabs and many species of widfowl.


There are a number of places along the way where you can stop, or even have a picnic beside the river. Bear in mind that the river is a tidal creek, plus some of the paths can be steep in places (the path from the Millpool entrance to the old boatyard site is level and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs my luvvers!).


As Kilminorth Woods is a Local Nature Reserve (LNR), no track biking, camping, fires, and motorcycles are allowed.



Note: paths can be wet and muddy, suitable footwear and clothing always needed!

Looe 0.5 miles, Polperro 4 miles, Liskeard 8 miles