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“A great way to get to Looe”
Review of Looe Valley Line

Looe Valley Line
Ranked #7 of 33 things to do in Liskeard
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The scenic Looe Valley Line links the bustling market town of Liskeard with the picturesque fishing port of Looe. The train journey is full of beautiful views out of the train window, as the wooded valley teaming with wildlife opens up to glorious estuary views as the river meets the sea. Looe itself is a much-loved seaside destination that’s full of character. It prides itself on its safe beaches for swimming and sunbathing, restaurants that specialise in fresh local ingredients, and a maze of narrow streets full of small independent shops to discover.
Nettleton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A great way to get to Looe”
Reviewed 14 May 2013 via mobile

A Brillient day out to Looe started and ended on this great little service. We got off at Sandplace Station and walked into Looe, a magnificent walk! Regular and cost effective way to experience the Valley.

Visited May 2013
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St Ives
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“Check the time of high tide before you travel”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Arriving at Liskeard by train from either the Plymouth or Penzance direction you might be confused as to where the platform for the branch line is. It's at the east end of the station but across a road from the main line station.

The journey is absolutely fabulous when the tide is high and there are occasions when you feel you are in a boat rather than a train. There are always a variety of birds to spot and the eagle-eyed will spot the blue of a kingfisher from time to time. Whilst the train journey is fascinating it is worth stopping off at one of the halts on route and taking short walks to places like St Keynes Well. The Rail Partnership publishes a leaflet of walks.

Alternatively, Looe itself is interesting with the old (but still active) fishing harbour, old pubs and Looe Island said to be (along with other places in Cornwall) where Jesus stayed briefly as a teenager whilst he was apprenticed as a ship's carpenter to Joseph of Aramethea when Joseph negotiated with the heathen Cornish for tin, copper and fish.

My favourite day out on this branch line is to take the train to Looe, bus to Polperro and then walk the five miles back across the coastal footpath to Looe and home by train stopping at several of the fine pubs on route.

Visited April 2013
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Bristol, UK
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Picturesque”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Gentle journey through estuary and wooded valleys - much wildlife to see. Can get very busy at times.

Visited May 2013
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“Perfect branch line”
Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

It's hard to remember you're on a 'proper' bit of the rail network and not a preserved line as you go past halts and tiny stations, and the line goes so close to the water it seems like you're almost in the river.

Trains were running hourly when we were there in April and the journey was around the half hour mark. With a railcard two adults and two children did the return trip for £7.30 in total.

Excellent value and a wonderful journey.

Visited April 2013
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3 Thank Jon S
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cornwall england
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“a must”
Reviewed 13 March 2013

I travel this line with my Grandchildren every school holiday as it is so picturesque and travels alongside the river at the end ,and you can see egrets and herons.It is their favourite day out and mine.Then Looe is lovely with a walk through the town and a lovely beach at the end.Only £1 to park at Liskeard station for the day.

Visited March 2013
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