Looe in South East Cornwall is a very popular family Holiday Resort town, divided into two distinct parts, East and West LOOE, with the Looe river running through the centre of the town. East Looe is the main tourism center, a collection of narrow streets lined with shops cafes and pubs that lead through to the main town beach. Over the years, the town has retained its small fishing fleet, which return at high tide, to off load their catch alongside the riverside quay at the busy fish market, which dominates the towns east Quay. The river is spanned by a seven-arched Victorian bridge, giving access to both sides of the town. Children love to play along this stretch of the river, catching small fish and crabs from the Looe river. Across the bridge lies West Looe, with its 16th century Jolly Sailor Inn and St Nicholas Church and at Hannafore you can explore the rock pools on the beach and look across to St George's, or Looe Island, which has 12th century monastic cells and belonged once to the Abbot of Glastonbury. The island was popularised by the Atkins sisters in their books so you will have all your time here to relax and discover the places told in the stories. For the more adventurous, there are shark- fishing trips or a train journey on the Looe Valley Line they will take you to the ancient stone circle at Duloe, the holy well at St Keynes. East looe Beach is the main tourist beach in South East Cornwall. The beach is a traditional family friendly, sandy beach that slopes gently to the sea - with safe swimming for your and old alike. Travelling east along the coast, you can see Amazon woolly monkeys in the protected breeding colony of the Monkey Sanctuary. To the east lies the stunning four-mile stretch of sand and surf at Whitsand Bay, popular with beachgoers and shore fishermen. Definitely not a boring place. So, now, you have no excuses left to try a trip around this area.
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