Cornish Winter Break 2: Looe

Continuing the coverage of my Cornish Winter Break with Looe and a brief mention of Rame Head.

INTRODUCTION

In my previous post I set the scene for what will be a series of posts about my festive season in Cornwall. In this one I will deal with the visit my parents and I made to Looe. I also take this opportunity to draw your attention to the fact that Phoebe is once again offering us all a chance to promote our blogs on her site – follow this link.

THE JOURNEY

We made this trip by car. There is also a rail route involving a change at Liskeard, which I may avail myself of on a future occasion. We parked just in East Looe (East and West Looe are linked by a bridge, which we walked across) and set out to explore. Here are some preliminary pictures…

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The first six pictures here were taken while in transit.

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This fort is of the same vintage as Fort Picklecombe where my parents have thier apartment.
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This was once a fine hotel – the sort of establishment in which an Agatha Christie story could be set – or one from either of Carola Dunn’s two series (it is probably more a DS Pencarrow setting, not least given its location, than a Daisy Dalrymple one, but neither would be absolutely out of place).
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The first picture from Looe itself.

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EXPLORING LOOE

There were many interesting things to see in both East and West Looe, including a few bits about the area’s history, a lifeboat station (although not being afflicted by the kind of extreme tides that northwest Norfolk gets they have only a boat, not a hovercraft as well) and a new boutique distillery (only gin, apparently not very good stuff, at present, but they will ultimately be producing whiskey which may be of better quality in due time). During the summer months, when much more is open, the place must get very crowded indeed, so I was glad to see it at a time when one could actually see the place and not just a vast mass of bodies. This was a very satisfying first outing of my Cornish holiday.

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I always like this sort of thing.

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This was where we had our lunch – and it is a TARDIS like place – you would never believe looking at this frontage how much there is inside it.

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There is a tea shop on Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn that has a display a little like this one, but this is only the second of its kind that I have seen.

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The Tower House…
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…first of order of business for a new owner would be to get the roof replaced.

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I enjoyed this little monument (two pics)

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This distillery.

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THE RETURN JOURNEY

On the way back we visited Rame Head, where there is an old church and a coast watch station. This was a splendid way to end the day.

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Some pics from the return journey.

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An old church

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