Looe, Port Isaac and Cornish Delights
Wednesday 27 October 2021 (5 Days)
The picture perfect Cornish fishing villages of East Looe and West Looe, with their intricate maze of narrow little streets lined with charming Cornish cottages, face each other across the Looe River. The two sides are linked by stone bridge, which is a great vantage point for observing the maritime comings and goings. For a short scenic trip, why not take the public train from Looe to Liskeard. In southeast Cornwall, Looe is both a favourite family escape and a real working fishing port.
The town is in hilly landscape at the mouth of the Looe River, and sheltered along the river is the harbour where fishing boats bob on the water and you can test your crab-catching skills on the quayside. Looe has a snug old town, with rows of straight, narrow lanes hiding quaint local shops, cafes and restaurants.
In the 18th century some of these establishments would have been the haunt of smugglers, who brought rum, brandy and tea ashore along this rocky coastline.
Recently awarded “Best Individual Hotel” at the National Coach Tourism Awards, the Portbyhan is ideally situated overlooking Looe’s quaint port.
Refurbished to a high standard throughout, all rooms are en-suite with Freeview TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities.
DAY 1 Depart S Yorks from your chosen departure point and head south, arriving at your hotel in Looe late afternoon. Refreshment stops will be made en route.
DAY 2 You are invited to join us on our full day excursion to Port Isaac and Padstow
Port Isaac has been an attractive fishing village since the early fourteenth century. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance. From the Middle Ages until the middle of the 19th century, Port Isaac was a busy port handling various imports and exports, including coal, timber, pottery and Delabole slate. In fact the name Port Isaac is derived from the Cornish Porth Izzick meaning the 'corn port'. After the advent of the railways, it became principally a fishing port. A stream runs through the village, finding its way into the sea over the harbour wall.
Over recent years Port Isaac has become a popular location for both films and television series. The village is possibly best known as the fictional Portwenn from the ITV television series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. Interestingly enough, Port Wen is the old name of nearby Port Quin and also the location for the award winning film, Fishermans Friend's.
The Fisherman's Friends are a male singing group from Port Isaac, Cornwall, who sing sea shanties. They have been performing locally since 1995,
Padstow was already a bustling little port of fishermen and boat-builders in the time of Elizabeth 1st.
Padstow’s harbour is undoubtedly the strongest attraction in the town and visitors find themselves drawn to it like a magnet. Fishing and pleasure craft rock side-by-side on their moorings, children fish for crabs from the harbour wall, quayside inns and cafes overlook the calm water.
DAY 3 Optional Morning Excursion to Tavistock
Tavistock is a thriving, beautifully friendly market town that is worthy of any visitor. An ancient stannary town and home of the cream tea, Tavistock is the only town in Devon to hold world heritage status. The vibrancy and uniqueness of Tavistock is undeniable with a range of beautiful local independent shops which are a far cry from today's typical high street. Not to be overlooked is the famous pannier market or the award-winning farmers’ market. It is truly a shoppers paradise.
DAY 4 Today we have included a full day excursion to Mevagissey and Truro
Mevagissey is an attractive old town which was once the centre of Cornwall’s pilchard fishery and which still boasts a working harbour, with a few dozen small fishing boats. It has a tradition of boat building dating back to 1745. Many of the old buildings, constructed of cob and slate, bear testimony to a time when the large shoals of pilchards were the livelihood of the whole village.
The only city in Cornwall, Truro’s most striking feature is the Cathedral with its green spire and gothic appearance. Built at the turn of the century it dominates the Truro skyline with its 250 foot high towers and has some interesting Victorian stained glass windows. The city's heritage is as a market town and port dating back over 800 years, booming during the tin mining era. Sat at the head of a navigable stretch of the River Fal, Truro was within easy reach of the sea but more protected than Falmouth downstream.
DAY 5 After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the Portbyhan Hotel and make our way north, arriving back in S Yorks late afternoon. Refreshment stop will be made en route.
Coach from S Yorks (see departure points below)
Coach from Kidderminster (please show under special requests)
Welcome Cornish Cream Tea on arrival
Full English Breakfast
3 Course Evening Meal
Happy Hours- yet to be confirmed
Entertainment for 2 evenings
Free WiFi throughout the hotel
Excursions to Mevagissy & Truro
Excursion to Port Isaac and Padstow
Optional Excursion to Tavistock (extra £10pp)
Single Supplement: £80
Upgrade Room to River-View Room: £40per room
Upgrade to River View with Balcony Room: £120 per room
Initial Deposit: £25
Further Deposit: £25 required by 1 January 2021
Balance Due: 14 August 2021
Departure Points: M1 Junc 36, Rotherham, Catcliffe, Sheffield, Norton, Chesterfield
Kidderminster (if sufficient interest)