South East Cornwall Walking Festival

The South East Cornwall Walking Festival provides the perfect opportunity to discover the coast, valleys, moors and villages of this beautiful part of the county – at the ideal time of year. Taking place 12th – 18th September, the guided walks centre around the town of Looe, making it the natural place to stay for all keen hikers and leisurely strollers taking part.

The Walks

A series of guided walks has been designed to appeal to all tastes and abilities. For example a storytelling amble through Kilminorth Woods is perfect for young children, while a walk to Portnadler Beach has been organised by Looe Marine Conservation Group and involves some beach cleaning, a picnic and a spot of swimming if anyone is brave enough! Other walks visit the Mount Edgcumbe Estate, Menheniot and Fowey, will the full programme to be confirmed. Find out more about the routes and arrangements here.

The Area

September is a fantastic time to visit Cornwall, with plenty going on but fewer visitors to compete with! The area around Looe is full of hidden gems, including historic houses, stunning gardens, unspoilt coves and vibrant seaside towns – all of which can be discovered by taking part in this series of guided walks. Walk leaders are all experts in their fields, and can add insight and understanding to your journeys through folklore, wildlife spotting, local history and maritime knowledge.

Your Stay

The Fieldhead Hotel welcomes walkers through its doors all year round, and is well equipped to provide a little luxury after a day of hiking in the area. Our newly refurbished Looe Bay Doubles enjoy panoramic sea views and come with comfy robes and slippers. Our lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind after an action-packed day, and The Horizons Restaurant serves up delicious, locally sourced food every night – as well as famous breakfasts. Dogs are allowed to stay too – making our hotel the ideal base for taking part in the South East Cornwall Walking Festival with your four-legged friend. We can also provide guests with lots of advice on other walks in the area, and the hotel is located just a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path. To browse our room options click here, or check availability here.

Visit Cornwall: The Ultimate Family Destination

Image credit:  Matt Jesop via Visit Cornwall

There is no doubt that Cornwall is a world-class destination for family holidays by the sea. With clean and safe beaches, family-friendly accommodation, great food and plenty of activities whatever the weather, it has a lot to offer.

Our family rooms make an ideal base for a holiday in Cornwall. For more information give us a call on 01503 262689, or click here to browse available dates.

Explore The Great Outdoors

Whether you meander at a sedate pace with toddlers in tow, or charge around after rabble-rousing young teenagers, the Cornish landscape is the perfect playground for children of all ages.

Walks which take in Cornwall’s coast, moorland, woodland and riversides are a great adventure, an opportunity to discover wildlife and perhaps even indulge in some wild swimming!

Take a picnic with you, or choose a route which ends at a pub, where you are likely to discover excellent child-friendly menus which make the most of local produce.

If The Beach Is Your Thing….

Cornwall’s beaches are a jewel in the crown of this maritime peninsula. They are plentiful and varied – from child-friendly stretches of sand with all the facilities close by, to isolated coves you could have all to yourself for the day.

However, if you have young children and plan to go in the sea, always use a beach with lifeguard cover (provided at 20 of Cornwall’s beaches and only during peak season) and abide by their safety notices. Also remember that it’s easy to get in trouble – be careful where you walk and always be aware of the tides times and high waves.

You can find out more about the beaches near Looe here.

When The Weather Takes A Turn

Gone are the days when a rainy day meant a game of Scrabble and the inevitable argument. Cornwall has plenty of major attractions with indoor activities, including The Eden Project, Flambards, Newquay Zoo, The Blue Reef Aquarium, The National Maritime Museum, Land’s End and Bodmin and Wenford Railway to name just a few.

If you’re looking for something a little different and less crowded, why not try making new friends at Screech Owl Sanctuary at St Columb, or explore Carnglaze Caverns – a series of manmade caverns formed as part of a slate quarry in the Loveny Valley, near Liskeard.

Go Wild Around Looe

One of our favourite family-friendly activities within a short distance of The Fieldhead Hotel is Wild Futures, a monkey sanctuary set in beautiful woodland where the whole family can enjoy a fun and educational day out while supporting the work of this great charity.

Also just 15 minutes from Looe is Porfell Wildlife Sanctuary. Cornwall’s biggest collection of exotic animals is home to more than 250 individuals – including Meerkats, Lemurs, Giant Tortoise, Porcupines and Raccoons – from around the world who are looked after here after being neglected, injured, imported illegally or simply discarded by their owners.

It’s easy to explore all of Cornwall from your base at The Fieldhead Hotel. We can offer plenty of help and advice on where to visit – we will be happy to help you arrange a family holiday which is memorable for all the right reasons!

Exploring on The Looe Valley Line

For many of our visitors, a trip to Looe wouldn’t be complete without a journey on The Looe Valley Line – a scenic railway which connects our coastal enclave with the mainline at Liskeard.

Although you can use the railway to travel to The Fieldhead Hotel for your holiday, nowadays most of our guests take the trip simply for the views, wildlife spotting and picturesque spots to hop on and off along the way.


The branch line first came into operation in 1860, when it replaced the Liskeard and Looe Union Canal as the method of transport used to ferry goods to and from the coast. It originally terminated at Moorswater, but in 1901 the line was extended to Liskeard. This allowed the main cargo – by now people rather than raw materials – to access the mainline serving Devon and Cornwall and connecting the South West to London.

The Journey From Looe

Starting from Looe, the branch line begins its journey with impressive views of the estuary and the coast. The East Looe River here is often full of wading birds such as Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Oystercatchers and Curlews.

The line passes Sandplace and makes its way towards Causeland – the stop for the village of Duloe. This is a starting point for some good walks, and you can visit Cornish Orchards Cider Farm Shop or enjoy lunch at The Plough.

The stations of St Keyne Wishing Well Halt and Coombe Junction Halt fly by as the wooded valley closes in, before the train reached its destination at Liskeard. It’s a 10 minute walk into the centre of the market town, which has a good selection of independent shops. There are several circular walks and a heritage trail to enjoy, before your return journey back to the coast.

Take A Trip…

The Looe Valley Ranger Ticket allows you to travel on the line as much as you like for one day (on weekdays this is only available after peak hours in the morning). You can hop on and off as much as you like, making a day out of your journey to Liskeard and back! Various other Railcards and discounts are valid on the line.

Extra trains run at the weekends during the summer months (there are no trains on Sunday during the winter). To find out more about Ranger Tickets or to download a timetable click here.

If you like the idea of ‘slow travel – taking the time to explore your destination rather than haring about on busy roads – The Looe Valley Line is for you!

The Fieldhead Hotel Enters ‘The Hall of Fame’

We are pleased to announce that The Fieldhead Hotel has been inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’, an exclusive club within the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

Membership of this select group means that The Fieldhead Hotel has received consistently excellent reviews from its guests, achieving a Certificate of Excellence Award five years in a row.

Our personal approach and strong customer service ethos has won high praise from visitors, with 145 reviews out of 177 rating the hotel as either very good or excellent.

Guests have repeatedly singled out the hotel’s relaxing atmosphere, great breakfasts and helpful staff, recommending it as a great base for exploring Looe while soaking up the amazing views.

We hope that the ‘Hall of Fame’ award will assure guests of consistently excellent service. Meanwhile The Hotel Inspector’s overhaul has encouraged new visitors to take a fresh look at The Fieldhead Hotel, which has seen extensive improvements in recent months including refurbished rooms and updated communal areas.

We are pushing forward with the changes instigated by Alex Polizzi (never forgetting the mantra; simplify and modernise!) and are determined to make our small family hotel a great place to stay for years to come.

If you would like to talk to us about booking your holiday in Cornwall this year, please call 01503 262 689.

Photographing ‘Poldark Country’ and other tours in Cornwall


Whether you are holidaying with friends and family or are travelling solo, Cornwall offers many experiences for the visitor looking to learn something new or indulge their favourite hobby.

One way of getting a different perspective on the beautiful Cornish landscape is to take part in a photography tour. Chris and Carolyn Barnard are professional photographers based near Callington who specialize in landscape photography. You can join them for a tour – improving your skills and enjoying some amazing scenery at the same time.

The tours cover coast and moorland, and the couple have also recently introduced tours of Poldark filming locations inspired by the first series of the hit BBC drama.

The website Chris Barnard Photography gives more details of the tours, including what clothing and equipment to take along.

These tours are all easily accessible from The Fieldhead Hotel, and we are happy to help guests arrange to take part during their stay.

If photography doesn’t appeal, we can suggest plenty of other activities if you want to learn something new or hone your skills whilst on holiday in Cornwall. From painting lessons to surf tuition, wildlife tours to cookery courses, there is plenty to keep active people stimulated during their stay.

Click here to book your stay, or call us on 01503 262 689 to check availability and pick our brains for ideas on possible activities.