The South West Cost Path
The Trelaske Hotel is an award winning three star hotel near to the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path National Trail - 630 miles of superb coastal walking. From Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset it is the best way to enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery, wildlife and heritage.
Our favourite walk starts from the hotel and is 7 miles and is classed as a moderate walk.
Leave the hotel and follow the valley down to Talland Bay. This coastline has a long history of smuggling, and at Talland these activities have continued to very recent times. Take in the wonderful views and if you have time, the lovely Talland Church is well worth a detour.
From Talland Bay, follow the Coast Path eastward to Looe. As you leave Talland behind, there are two prominent black and white panels – daymarks indicating a measured nautical mile and used by the Royal Navy. Further on the Coast Path rounds Hore Point and the view of St George’s or Looe Island will be with you all the way back to Looe. Until recently, the island was inhabited by two sisters, but is now owned and managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. From Hannafore Point, the Coast Path follows West Looe Quay to the bridge separating East and West Looe. Go through Millpool car park. From the inland end of the car park, take the Giant’s Hedge route through Kilminorth Woods, a Local Nature Reserve with a wealth of wildlife interest all year round. The Giant’s Hedge is an ancient earthwork which ran between the Looe and Fowey estuaries – a distance of some nine miles. It is thought to have been built in the sixth century by a local chieftain to defend his home territory against neighbouring clans. Patches of it still survive as an earth bank up to two metres high.
When the path leaves Kilminorth Woods, you join a country lane which climbs uphill to cross the main road at Parker’s Cross. Continue along the lane and turn right at Tencreek Holiday Park and back to the hotel.
Click here for the offiical South Coast Path website's guide to the walk, noting the different start finish point