Looe, Cornwall, UK - fishing harbour, seaside town & magic place - come and enjoy!
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Dynnerghewgh dhe Logh!  Welcome to Looe! Looe is the principal seaside town of south-east Cornwall   Looe harbour is the base for an important fishing fleet and the town is also the headquarters of British shark-fishing.
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In medieval times there were two towns on opposite banks of the River Looe. East Looe includes the fishing harbour, the main shopping centre and the sandiest beach. West Looe is quieter, but also has shops, restaurants and hotels and leads to Hannafore with its fine views of Looe Island. The two towns are now one, joined by a bridge across the Looe river.

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27 February 2016
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New book about Looe Island
New book about Looe Island -  click image to buyLooe Island is famous for having been bought by the two Atkins sisters who, despite all the practical problems of living on an island which could sometimes be cut off from the mainland for days at a time, made it their home for the rest of their lives. When the last surviving sister (Babs Atkins) died in 2004 the island was bequeathed by its owners, Attie and Babs Atkins to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
    Since the publication of Attie's own books about Looe Island and Mike Dunn's definitive history of Looe Island, The Looe Island Story, there have not been any books published on the Island until this year when Carolyn Clarke's Looe Island Then and Now was published to mark the 10 year anniversary of the death of Babs Atkins. The author was a volunteer living on Looe Island in the early 1970s and has interwoven her experiences of Island living with the history of the Island, which is rich and varied and includes tales of pagan worship and Christian practices, a war time bombing, daffodil farming, Island crafts, eccentric and fascinating inhabitants, shipwrecks, buried treasure, smuggling, ghosts, myths and strange examples of synchronicity. The book includes information on the 2007 Time Team Archeological Excavations of the chapel site.
   All royalties from the sale of Looe Island Then and Now will be given to Cornwall Wildlife Trust and will, it is hoped, make some small contribution to the problems that Cornwall and the West Country is facing following the recent storms and flooding. Copies of the book can be ordered from Amazon or directly from the publishers - click here
What a start to 2014!
Looe, like just about everywhere else in the south-west of the country, has taken quite a battering so far this year but with the winter coming to an end it is hoped that the severe storms and flood warnings are now behind us.
www.looe.org - news - 27 February 2014
"Looe is open for business - as usual"
Local Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford (Lib-Dem) was interviewed on Saturday on BBC News and stressed that though repairs to damaged sea and harbour defences are going to take time and cost a lot of money, the town of Looe is very much "Open for Business, as usual".

www.looe.org - news - 11:30, 10 February 2014
"Worst storm in 29 years . . ."
That was the view of one Looe resident in the small hours of Tuesday 4th/Wednesday 5th as Force 9 to 10 winds and mountainous seas lashed the Cornish coast - "The storm raging outside is without doubt the very worst I've ever known down here in 29 years. It is very scary. All the windows are shaking and rattling, the house is creaking & stuff outside flying about all over the place banging & clattering..." The BBC reported: "In Looe harbour water was described as swirling 'like a cauldron' by a BBC cameraman and the town's lifeboat station flooded."
...and land slips are back
Winter 2012/13 seemed wet enough with land so sodden that land slips started happening in many places in the south-west, including around Looe, with road and footpath closures and in one tragic incident in Looe, a fatality when a number of houses collapsed due to a land slip - the families affected have been unable to return to their homes and it looks like they face a long drawn out legal wrangle over responsibility.    Fortunately, Looe was blessed with a wonderful summer in 2013 but things turned back to the wet theme before Christmas 2013.
   Now, in February 2014, after weeks of very wet weather and saturated land, it looks like the land slips are off again - with several footpaths having to be diverted due to danger of land slips - most recently at Talland Bay on the South West Coast Path where there are currently closures both east and west of Talland. Easy diversions are in place.
www.looe.org - news - 3 February 2014
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A fresh view of Looe
Photographer Simon Lawrence recently discovered Looe. He has a fresh view and an exceptional eye for both the wide views and the close-up details that we often overlook. Simon has produced a stimulating portfolio of Looe full of striking colours and intriguing shapes. Here (left) are just 4 of his photos - click on them to get larger versions. You can see lots more of Simon's photos on his r website - click here - if you like them you can buy high quality prints which will look really good on your wall
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LIFE ABOARD A CORNISH FISHING LUGGER
The last days of working fishing luggers in Cornwall are vividly captured in a book by former Looe fisherman Paul Greenwood. His frank account of the hardships he encountered at sea as a young crewman aboard the lugger Iris in the 1960s is a brilliant evocation of a bygone age that contrasts with modern conditions in the fishing industry today.
   In Once Aboard A Cornish Lugger, the author describes how he overcame sea-sickness and learned his job on deck working the nets and lines alongside four other crewmen aboard the Iris, skippered by Frank ‘Moogie’ Pengelly, the last lugger skipper left in the port of Looe. In the four and a half years he spent aboard the Iris, Paul Greenwood endured fatigue, cold and wet, often in rough weather while working night and day hauling nets and lines. “Those four years that I worked with ‘Moogie’ set me up well for the rest of my sea-going career,” he says, “because nothing subsequently ever seemed as hard or as physically demanding as the time I spent working on the deck of the Iris.”
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Nelson remembered
Statue of Nelson the seal at Looe, Cornwall - photo copyright www.looe.org 2008 For many years Looe had a popular & much-loved regular visitor to its harbour - a seal called Nelson (because he had lost one eye in an injury or accident). Sadly Nelson has gone to the great ocean in the sky but now he is fittingly commemorated by a handsome life-size statue in the harbour which was formally unveiled in 2008 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the famous sailor. Local sculptor Suzie Marsh gave her services in making the sculpture free of charge and the costs of casting and siting the bronze statue were met by grants and donations from many charitable and other bodies and by individuals.
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East Looe Quay - May 2008 - photo copyright  www.looe.org - all rights reserved
East Looe beach - photo copyright Tim Johnson and www.looe.org 2003
Looe river and bridge July 2003 - photo copyright RJT
West Looe quayside - photo RJT Aug 2003, copyright
View across Looe river to Millpool and East Looe river - May 2008 - photo copyright www.looe.org - all rights reserved
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