GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loe Bar Walk

7 miles (11 km)

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,CootandShoveler as you make your way around the site.

Postcode

TR13 8SG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Loe Bar OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loe Bar Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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.

Dog Walking

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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Loe Bar Beach - geograph.org.uk - 266982

Looking at the seaward side of Loe Bar beach. Beyond the bar are the cliffs of the western side of the Lizard Peninsula.

Loe Bar - geograph.org.uk - 31483

Bar is a stretch of sand and shingle across the mouth of the freshwater Low Pool

Loe Pool seen from Loe Bar - geograph.org.uk - 892911

Loe Pool seen from Loe Bar. Looking north-east towards Pentire Wood. Sea holly on the beach in the foreground.

Loe Pool from Loe Bar - geograph.org.uk - 266951

Loe Pool is a freshwater lake separated from the sea by the sandbar. The pool used to be a tidal estuary until the sandspit became a sandbar and closed the mouth of the estuary in the 13th century. It is the largest freshwater lagoon in Cornwall and is an important habitat for migrant birds who spend the winter here.

H.M.S. Anson monument, Loe Bar - geograph.org.uk - 40910

H.M.S. Anson monument. This monument, erected in March 1949, is found on the low sandy cliff to the south of Loe Bar. The inscription on the seaward face reads "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ABOUT 100 OFFICERS AND MEN OF H.M.S. ANSON WHO WERE DROWNED WHEN THIS SHIP WAS WRECKED ON LOE BAR 29TH DEC. 1807, AND BURIED HEREABOUT. HENRY TRENGROUSE OF HELSTON WAS SO IMPRESSED BY THIS TRAGEDY, THAT HE INVENTED THE LIFE SAVING ROCKET APPARATUS WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES."

Stone sculptures on Loe Bar - geograph.org.uk - 223600

Stone sculptures. This seems to be a popular pastime on Loe Bar - there were many of these carefully piled stone constructions on the sand.

External view of the walled garden at Penrose - geograph.org.uk - 811507

External view of the walled garden at Penrose on the western side of the lake.

Path around Loe Pool - geograph.org.uk - 966538

Path around Loe Pool. This permissive path runs through National Trust property to make it possible to circumnavigate the Pool completely.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Loe Bar.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Loe Bar.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)