Hannafore Beach, Looe

Hannafore Beach with Looe Island Nature Reserve in the background.
Hannafore Beach with Looe Island Nature Reserve in the background.

 

Hannafore is one of the best rockpooling sites in Cornwall. With the Looe Island marine nature reserve as a backdrop and a vast expanse of easily accessible tidal pools, it’s easy to see why Hannafore is such a popular spot for holidaymakers and marine biologists alike.

How to get here

Looe is accessible by train, bus and car, with free parking available on the seafront at Hannafore. Find out more at Visit South East Cornwall.

 

Facilities

Public toilets and seasonal cafés available by the Coastguard hut. The beach can be accessed by a ramp and, after a short stretch of sand and gravel, a paved path leads out among the rocks.

 

Hannafore Beach below Coastguard Hut
Hannafore Beach below Coastguard Hut

 

What you might find

Explore the rocky gullies to find many species of crab and starfish. Look out for the egg cases of the nursehound (a small shark) among the seaweed. Beyond the rocks, search for brightly coloured dahlia anemones nestling in the gravelly seabed. If you get your eye in, you might also spot stalked jellyfish, two-spotted clingfish and more.

Small clingfish species
Small clingfish species – two-spotted clingfish
Seven-armed starfish
Seven-armed starfish

 

In spring the rockpools come to life
Meet the crabs in their natural environment
A stalked jellyfish - haliclystus octoradiatus - at Hannafore, Looe.
A stalked jellyfish – haliclystus octoradiatus – at Hannafore, Looe.

 

A beautiful dahlia anemone (Urticina felina).
A beautiful dahlia anemone (Urticina felina).

 

Shark egg case (Scyliorhinus stellaris). The live fish hatches after around 7-9 months in this case.
Shark egg case (Scyliorhinus stellaris). The live fish hatches after around 7-9 months in this case.
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