Loe Bar Walk
This circular walk explores the beautiful Loe Bar and Loe Pool, near Helston, in Cornwall. The pool is notable as largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall.
The walk starts from the Fair Car Park just south of Helston, close to the Coronation Lake. From here you can pick up a trail heading south through the Loe Valley to the beautiful Loe Pool. The trails will take you through the woodland running alongside the western side of the lake before coming to the beach at Loe Bar. On this section you will pass the National Trust's Penrose Estate where there's a manor house and a walled garden to see.
At Loe Bar you pass along the beach before following another footpath along the eastern side of the lake. This will take you past Carminowe Creek, Pentire Wood and Degibna Wood and Lower Nansloe before returning to the car park.
The area is great for wildlife so keep your eyes peeled for birds including Pochard, Widgeon, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot and Shoveler as you make your way around the site.
PostcodeTR13 8SG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Loe Bar Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Loe Bar Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Loe Bar OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Loe Bar Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Near the start/end of the walk you'll find a Lakeside Cafe at the Coronation Lake. Here you can enjoy some refreshment with lovely views over the lake from the outdoor seating area. You can find them at postcode TR13 0SF for your sat navs. On the route there's also a National Trust tea room at Penrose called The Stables Cafe.
The woodland and beach are ideal for dog walkers so you'll probably see other dogs on your visit. The Lakeside Cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At the beach you can pick up the South West Coast Path and follow it north to visit the pretty harbour at Porthleven. Heading south will take you to Mullion.
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.