and The Loe
point and OS Grid reference:
National Trust Car Park at Chyvarloe (SW 652237)
Explorer 103 - Lizard, Falmouth and Helston.
Distance: 5 miles
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This walk takes in the famous Loe
Pool (also known as The Loe) and Loe Bar and the little town of Porthleven,
with its rugged rather than pretty harbour. Much of the walk is on lanes and
estate drives and is therefore very straightforward.
The Loe Pool
is Cornwall’s largest natural lake which was formed around 800 years ago
when a bar of sand/shingle formed across the mouth of an estuary. It is
designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and plays host to a large
variety of birds. It is part of the Pensose Estate, now owned by the
The Bar itself
is home to a large variety of plants.
that a combination of undertow, strong currents and freak waves make the sea
along the edge of the Bar very dangerous and no-one should enter the sea
here. The Bar itself is plenty wide enough to keep well out of harm's way.
could be done as a walk from Porthleven but I have started from the small,
free, rough National Trust car park at Chyvarloe so that lunch refreshment
can be enjoyed in Porthleven (my favourite is the Ship Inn by the harbour).
To get to the car park, turn southwest off the A3083 (Helston/Lizard road)
by the bridge (SW 670252) over the road outside the Royal Naval Air Station base at Culdrose.
The road has no signs. At the fork in the road after 1.3 miles, go right.
Walk right from the car park (SW 652237). At the edge of the car park is a
footpath marker post indicating the direction for Loe Bar. Continue along
the stony lane, ignoring the track off to the left after about 100 yards,
until you reach the Bar.
Cross it and
go up the obvious footpath at the far side. Turn right at the end of the
stone wall (SW 641243) and go through the gate and past in front of the
Stay on the
broad estate road, passing a two way fingerpost and following the direction
for “Helston and Porthleven.
the fingerpost, go right in front of the old stable block (SW 642257) and at
the next ‘T’ junction of tracks, turn left in the direction of “Car
Park and Porthleven” indicated by the fingerpost.
curves round past the old bath house where the disused plunge pool can be
seen through the windows. On reaching the junction with the drive to Penrose
House (not open to the public), turn right (SW 641259).
At the next
junction, turn left, again following a fingerpost for “Car Park and
Porthleven” and immediately, turn right up some steps and follow the path
through the trees – it is easy to miss this.
On reaching a
broad tarmac track by a notice board, go straight ahead through the car park
coming out by the thatched Whitstone cottage. Turn left along the road (SW
238259) and follow it to Porthleven where there are various refreshment
opportunities and public toilets.
When you have
looked at Porthleven, return to the harbour and walk left along the seafront
road. As the road turns sharp left almost going back on itself, carry
straight on along the dead end to the car park.
Half way along
the car park on the left, take the footpath “Church Cove 3¾ miles” and
a National Trust sign “To Loe Pool”. Follow the clear path back to Loe
Bar and retrace your steps to the car park.
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