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The Looe Valley Line
Liskeard - Looe (Liskeard - Coombe Jn Halt - St Keyne Wishing Well Halt - Causeland - Sandplace - Looe)

At the head of the East Looe Valley lies Liskeard, a busy and lively traditional Cornish market town.

Liskeard's town centre, an easy ten minute walk from the station, has several independent shops along its pedestrianised shopping street, Fore Street. Here you will also find a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs.

For those interested in the history of Liskeard, head for the town museum and information centre on Pike Street and pick up a free heritage trail guide.

As the railway meanders down the valley, evidence of the area's past is always visible to those who know what to look for, so alight at a halt to explore the area even further.

At St Keyne you will find the Holy Well, while just one mile from Causeland lies the village of Duloe with its splendid 13th Century church and its ancient stone circle. Sandplace takes its name from an ancient agricultural practice. Until 200 years ago sea-sand was spread onto the fields as a type of fertiliser and it is here that the sand was unloaded from the barges as they came upstream.

Visiting Looe

Looe station is five minutes walk from the town centre and about ten from the beach and the famous Banjo Pier.  Please allow longer to catch your train back – just in case.

When you arrive at Looe station, leave the station and turn right.  When you reach the long bridge, the town centre of East Looe is straight ahead of you, on the same side of the river. 

The Tourist Information Centre is on the ground floor of the Guildhall which is the building with the clock tower.   To reach the beach, simply walk through the town centre and you’ll come to it.

For the fish market and boat trips, walk to the Guildhall and turn right.  This will take you to the fish market, turn left then for boat trips.

You can catch buses to Polperro and Polruan from opposite the Health Centre which is right by the long bridge. 

West Looe is across the long bridge.  To reach the South West Coast Path for Polperro, walk across the long bridge, turn left and walk through West Looe, then up to the coast. More details of the Coast Path walk here.

Walking - Trails from the Track

The Looe Valley Line gives access to some of the finest walking and cycling country in the whole of Cornwall. A series of walks are available from the Trails from the Track website here..

Rail Ale Trail

Use the Looe Valley Line to discover some distinctive Cornish pubs on the Looe Valley Line Rail Ale Trail - more information can be found here.

How to find the Looe Valley Line

By car. There is a large car park at Liskeard station. Cost just £1.00 all day (January 2014).

Liskeard is just off the main A38 Plymouth - St Austell Road.

The postcode for Liskeard station is PL14 4DZ. More information about Liskeard station can be found here.

By train. Liskeard station is on the main Plymouth - Truro - Penzance line. Find train times here

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Useful links:

This is the website of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, School of Geography, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA e-mail
We are a Community Rail Partnership, one of the longest established and largest in the country. Find out more about us here

Great Scenic Railways