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Tours > England's West Country > Polperro & Looe

Polperro & Looe - Cornish Riviera

Polperro. Wikipedia photo

Polperro is 271 miles from London, 26 miles from Plymouth. A branch line brings the rail from Liskeard station; by car the ancient fishing village is reached by a steep descent from the main road. Retaining much of its 17th century look, it is a magnet for tourists who are taken to the village center at the bottom of a deep, wooded valley by horse-drawn bus (cars are banned in summer). In addition to the white-washed,slate-roofed cottages, attractions include a museum of smuggling and The Land of Legend, in which Cornwall's past history is displayed in miniature.

East and West Looe are both parts of a fishing port and resort town divided by the River Looe. The fishing fleet still operates from here, and many boats take visitors out to hunt for shark and mackerel. Each august, the twin-town hosts the British Sea Angling Festival. Some samples of fish caught locally are found in the small Looe Aquarium.

There are also excellent sandy beaches in the area. The 16th century Old Guldhall Museum has some interesting exhibits with a maritime theme, but walking the narrow, crooked medieval streets is a delightful pastime in the summer, when automobiles are banned.

The Church of St. Nicholas is built mainly from timbers of wrecked ships; in the tower is a Scold's Cage to lock up nagging wives.

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