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Looe Valley Line

Age group: 5+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: Looe, PL13

TEL: 01637 871871


A lovely way to explore the river & countryside around Looe is to take the train to Liskeard on the Looe Valley Line.


It's only about 8-9 miles long, but takes you through the beautiful Cornish countryside that surrounds the area. If you haven't tried it before, it's the train that follows the East Looe River, through Sandplace and onto Liskeard. You may have even driven past it on the way into Looe on the A387.


The line was actually opened way back in 1860, replacing the earlier Liskeard and Looe Union Canal, and it still offers a timeless quality about it today. It has a regular timetable and there are a number of guides & leaflets available highlighting walks, area's for wildlife spotting & birdwatching, as well as country pubs in the vacinity too.


It is a single track railway for its entire length, and being just a single train carriage, it feels as though you are seeing a part of Looe that you wouldn't normally get to see - keep you eye's open for egrets fishing along the river, or maybe a buzzard hovering overhead. And essentially you do - the only other way to experience the river this way would to use a canoe or kayak.


It's not a fast journey either, which allows you to either kick back and relax, or just enjoy the view. The train has to change at a set of points along the way too. Before you arrive at Liskeard train station you also pass under the Liskeard viaduct, which carrys the Main Line in Cornwall 150ft above.


Here you can explore Liskeard, or simply stay on the train for the journey back to Looe again.


Looe 0.5 miles, Polperro 4 miles, Liskeard 9 miles, Saltash 15 miles