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!