Stretching from Hannafore Point to the outskirts of Looe sits Hannafore Beach, a quiet, south east facing beach. It is predominantly a shingle beach that reveals some coarse sand and an extensive reef with rock pools at low tide. Most people visit the beach for these fantastic rock pools that are uncovered twice daily, but it also a great suntrap due to its positioning.
Hannafore never becomes too busy, partly due to its location (across the river) and partly dues to its lack of facilities and golden sand like neighbouring beaches. It is popular with dog walkers though as it is one of few dog-friendly beaches around Looe.
Type of beach
Shingle and rock
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
There is easy access to the beach from the adjacent car park
OS grid ref.
SX 2552 5229
There is road side parking along the sea front road, above the beach, but it can be difficult to find a space here. There is a large car park in West Looe, by the harbour around 10 minutes walk away
Hannafore Beach Reviews
What this beach lacks in golden sand, it more than makes up for in beauty, privacy and interest and accessibility! I have never had to park more than a couple of streets away and never had to sit “cheek by jowl” with another family (except for one occasion when some people decided that 2 feet away from us was the only place they wanted to be on an otherwise almost empty beach!). At all times apart from the peak of high tide, the low outcrops of rocks create little “bays” and you can usually find one to yourself where the sand, while a little coarse still forms pretty satisfactory castles. Examining rockpools and finding prettily coloured shells are almost irresistible pastimes. The beach is accessed by a choice of sets of steps but there is a wide path that runs along the top of these which is fully wheelchair accessible. There are well kept toilets accessed from this path and a kiosk selling ice cream, drinks, sandwiches etc as well as a few buckets, spades & postcards. On the other side of the (very quiet) road are a hotel with restaurant, bar and other facilities*, another restaurant and a cafe. There are also tennis courts and a bowling/putting green*. Looe Island makes the view particularly attractive. The downsides are that the rocks can get very “seaweedy” and therefore very slippery for climbing on and there are no lifeguards. The nearest shops and amusement arcades are 10 to 15 mins. walk away..
* Of course, which of this things is open will depend on Covid restrictions.
AdamFeb 16th 2021
Fabulous coastline, great views of st George’s island and dog friendly all year round. Not a sandy beach, close to south west path for longer walks and good selection of cafes near by, plenty of free parking.
Tons of seaweed
Rebecca LonsdaleAug 26th 2020
Quite and lots of rock pools to explore but it’s mostly covered in sea weed which is slippy and extremely hard to avoid if you find a space with no seaweed then it’s lovely very peaceful and kids would love it too and dogs