This attractive Cornish town is close to the coast and a wonderful National Trust Estate with a large lake. There's also some nice trails along the River Cober and a local hill climb offering fine views over the area. The town is notable as the most southerly town on the island of Great Britain.
This circular walk from the town visits Loe Bar and the Penrose Estate before heading to the coast to neighbouring Porthleven.
The walk starts at the Coronation Lake car park just to the south of the town. You can then follow footpaths south to the Loe Bar Lake and the National Trusts's Penrose Estate.
The route continues to the coast where you can pick up the South West Coast Path and follow it north west along the beach to Porthleven. The route passes along the pretty harbour before following country lanes back to Helston.
PostcodeTR13 8EL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Helston
- Loe Bar - This circular walk explores the beautiful Loe Bar and Loe Pool, near Helston, in Cornwall
- Penrose Estate - This lovely National Trust owned estate near Porthleven has a number of excellent cycling and walking trails around a large coastal lake
- South West Coast Path - This incredible 600 mile walk follows the coast from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall and onto the finish point at Poole in Dorset
- Godolphin Estate - Enjoy a short walk around the estate surrounding this Grade 1 listed Tudor/Stuart mansion near Helston in Cornwall
- Tregonning Hill - This circular walk climbs to Tregonning Hill near the town of Helston in Cornwall.
- Helford River Walk - This circular walk follows a section of the South West Coast Path along the lovely Helford River in Cornwall
- Goonhilly Downs - This walk explores a large area of heathland situated in the Lizard National Nature Reserve in Cornwall
- Penzance - This Cornish fishing port has some lovely coastal trails, countryside paths, a local reservoir, nearby parks and two scenic gardens to visit
- Penzance to St Ives - This walk takes you between two major Cornish Coastal towns. It follows the St Michaels Way waymarked trail from Penzance to St Ives, through some lovely Cornish countryside. The route runs for about 9 miles with some moderate climbs along the way. At the end of the walk you can catch a train back from St Ives to Penzance. For a much longer coastal route see the section of the South West Coast Path.
- Penzance to Mousehole - This walk follows a section of the South West Coast Path from Penzance to Mousehole via Newlyn.
- Penzance to Marazion Coastal Path Walk - This walk takes you along the coast path from Penzance to Marazion
- St Michaels Way - This fabulous walk runs from Lelant on the north coast of Cornwall to Marazion and the iconic St Michael's mount on the south coast
The Blue Anchor Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The medieval inn includes a skittle alley, a nice garden area and a brewery producing traditional ales. You can find them at 50 Coinagehall St, TR13 8EL.
The woodland and coastal paths make for a fine dog walk. The Blue Anchor mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The splendid Godolphin Estate and the climb to Tregonning Hill are good options for continuing your walking around Helston.
The popular town of Penzance where you can visit the ancient St Michaels Mount and catch boats to the beautiful Isles of Scilly.
Head east and you could visit the picturesque little village of Gweek on the Helford River. Here you could try the nature trail at the seal sanctuary where they look after sick and injured seal pups.
Head south and you could pick up the Mullion Cove to Lizard Point Walk. The cove has a delighftul harbour and trails leading to the stunning Kynance Cove and the most southerly point in Britain at Lizard Point.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.