From beaches to sailing the seas to fishing at local rivers, walking the South West Coast Path and visits to country houses there are many sights and attractions close to Lantallack.
The South West Coast Path runs for 33 miles (53km) from Fowey, through Polperro and Looe, to Mount Edgcumbe. Bodmin Moor has open access for walkers and there are many miles of footpaths and lanes that link villages with local pubs offering refreshment. Looe is a 20-minute drive from Lantallack and from here a five mile walk from Looe to Polperro that is accessible all year, and while it’s not flat, most complete it within three hours.
Country houses and gardens
Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park has been restored to reflect the 18th century, with gardens in the Italian, French and English styles with a Grade I listing. The country park is also home to fallow deer.
Eighteenth century Antony House and Gardens overlooks the beautiful tidal Lynher River, 12 miles from Lantallack, Scenes for Disney’s remake of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ were made here. The National Trust property Lanhydrock House and Gardens in Bodmin, a 30-minute drive from Lantallack, is set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres including rare shrubs and trees.
The Eden Project
Lantallack is only 25 miles (40 minutes) from the Eden Project and should not be missed. Give yourself at least four hours to look around. Much of the site is outdoors, so it’s best to go on a dry day. The project offers special events and activities throughout the year that we can let you know about.
East Looe beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area, this family-friendly sandy beach provides safe swimming and has all services nearby. Hannafore beach at West Looe is a mix of rock pools and shingle beach. Talland Bay has strong links to past smugglers, with narrow lanes leading down to the bay. Whitsand Bay has long sandy beaches at the base of sloping cliffs and is the best place for surfing in the area, but it’s not safe for swimming due to the rip currents.
Boat and fishing trips
Take a ferry ride across the Looe River, cruise up the River Tamar or go out to sea in a glass bottom boat or a speedboat. Hire a canoe to explore coves and creeks. Fishing trips include an afternoon catching mackerel, to a day out hunting sharks with the British Shark Angling Association, who release all the sharks they catch back into the sea, after first collecting scientific data.
Also known as St George’s Island and owned by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, visitors can access the island by boat during the season, or take one of the regular cruise trips, weather and tide permitting. The island is a nature reserve with many nesting birds including the largest colony of great black-back gulls in Cornwall. Here is the best place to see a grey seal.
Local History and Heritage
In 2006 the mining landscape of Cornwall and West Devon was given World Heritage Status. On Bodmin Moor and in the Tamar Valley many of these mining remains can still be seen, whilst the Looe Valley line which started off as a railway to serve the mines is now a popular branch line bringing visitors to the town.
Bodmin Moor has many prehistoric sites, too many to mention them all. Stowe’s Hill has a Neolithic enclosure on its summit which could date back over 6000 years. Trethevy Quoit also dates back to the Neolithic and is widely believed to be a burial tomb, built over a 1000 years before the great pyramids at Giza.
A former slate mine where slate was both quarried and mined underground in Cornwall. Follow the 25-minute Woodland Walk through Quarry Wood where four acres of bluebells bloom in the spring and stop for a picnic in the Walled Garden. The first of the three caverns, the Rum Store, was one of the nation’s safe storage areas during WWII. Now an outstanding 400-capacity concert and event venue, on offer are a wide range of musical entertainment and events throughout the year.
We have contacts for makers of gorgeous bespoke wedding dresses for both bride and bridesmaids. Our list of local caterers all produce scrumptious tucker from elegant canapés or a fresh seafood platter, to local cheeses or a simply delicious home-made Cornish pasty. We can get you a fantastic DJ, a great gypsy swing band, a Celtic harp or a hauntingly beautiful string quartet to while the night away.