Millendreath and Looe
MILLENDREATH is a small inlet with a sandy, private beach, 1.5 miles from the main town of Looe to the West. Being remarketed as 'Black Rock Beach Resort'.
There are coastal walks with breathtaking views in every direction; woodland walks starting from your door and picnic areas in scenic locations. Buzzards are often circling above the trees keeping the noise from seagulls to a minimum!
Millendreath is so secluded you may have difficulty finding it on a map, yet it is so close to some of the best known attractions in the West Country. Ideal base to explore Cornwall, 8 mins from A38
Millendreath has a jetty which provides an enclosed bathing area or fishing platform when the tide is in. This has now been reskinned. There are numerous rock pools and crevices. At low tide you can walk along the beach-front, or take a 20 minute coastal path walk or 5 minute drive to Looe.
Millendreath is undergoing some exciting regeneration. As part of the 'Millendreath Project' the valley has seen much improvement, the car park has been resurfaced, derelict buildings have gone, properties refurbished and 'Millendreath in bloom' has moved in! Over the next 5 years, a new Spa complex is to be built with indoor swimming pool, restaurant, cafe and bar along with upmarket holiday homes.
A water sports company is operational on the beach front from April - October; offering tuition, hiring out body boards, kayaks, paddle boards and Aqua skipping. There is a beachside cafe, with licenced bar, toilets and beach shower, but these are the only ameneties in this tranquil valley. When the tide goes out and both beaches are accessible you will always find a spot to just take in the tranquility of Millendreath, away from the crowds.
The bustling, picturesque fishing town of Looe is situated on the spectacular South Cornwall Coast in a largely unspoilt area of the South West. It has an unpretentious charm and an excellent range of facilities and is only a mile from Millendreath.
The historic town has a wide range of restaurants and cafes, many of them on the quay, where you can sample the local fish and watch the sun go down over the river. Families love to fish for crabs from the quayside.
A variety of boats can be hired including a ferry or glass bottomed boat which will also take you around Looe Rock (St Georges island) Try a spot of fishing for yourself, deep sea shark, conger or mackerel are are in the area. Dolphins and seals are also often seen.
The coastline in this region is stunning and is accessible by the scenic Cornwall South Coast Path. You can walk to the neighbouring fishing village Polperro, (5 miles) where you will find a smaller version of Looe with its quaint working harbour, pedestrianised streets and fabulous gift shops, galleries, good selection of pubs and restaurants. There is ample parking in Looe.
Looe hosts a range of events including sailing regattas, a music festivalon the beach, carnival week and even a duck race! New Year at Looe is made really special with the whole town celebrating in fancy dress and fabulous fireworks at midnight off the beach. It is among the top 10 English destinations to be at New year!
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