Nowadays the Twin Towns of Looe make an idyllic holiday destination for visitors
of all ages and interests, and the town thrives on the Tourist Trade. It is the principal
Seaside Resort of South East Cornwall.
Both Paul and I have fallen in love with this “little bit of heaven”. However, it
gets very crowded in the peak summer period, so we would recommend a visit earlier
or later in the season.
The two towns are joined together by the Victorian stone bridge that spans the River
Looe. It was built in 1843 and has 7 arches. The original bridge was widened in
the 1960’s to cope with the increase in tourist traffic.
This road was built by a local man, Joseph Thomas, a famous civil Engineer who came
to live in Looe. As tourism in Looe was growing in interest during the end of the
19th century, he seized the opportunity in 1893 to purchase land at Hannafore from
the Duchy of Cornwall, suitable for building houses and hotels. Previously the only
access to Hannafore had been by a narrow cliff-side track. He constructed the castlellated
towers, and elegant granite archways that can be seen supporting the road. The opening
ceremony was held on the 3rd July 1895. It is reported that garlanded arches were
erected at each end of the bridge and at the entrance to the new road, and a procession
headed by Sir John Trelawny marched to Hannaofore, where 300 guests dined in a large