GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Argal Reservoir

2 miles (3.4 km)

This walk visits the lovely Argal Reservoir near Penryn and Falmouth in Cornwall. It's a lovely place for a walk with fine views across the water to the surrounding Cornish countryside.
You can follow a 2 mile circular walk around the water, crossing the dam on the way. The walk can be started from the car park at the northern end of the lake near the dam and on site cafe. Then pick up the trails heading south towards Treverva. On the western side you will pass close to the noteworthy Mabe church where there's an ancient cross and standing stone to see in the churchyard.


TR11 5PE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Argal Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Argal Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At the northern end of the reservoir there's the Wild Vibes Lakeside Cafe for some post walk refreshment. They serve excellent coffee and cakes with an outdoor area where you can enjoy fine views of the surrounding countryside on a sunny day.

Dog Walking

The reservoir trails make for a fine dog walk though you are requested to keep them on leads.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north there's a boardwalk trail along the adjacent College Reservoir to try.
Head east and you could pick up the Falmouth Walk and visit Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle and the pretty Swanpool lake nature reserve.
Also to the east is the Penryn Walk which will take you along the Penryn River to Flushing where you can catch a ferry to Falmouth. The town itself is also worth exploring with a historic conservation area where you'll find a number of Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian properties. The pretty harbour and wharf also includes a fine riverside cafe.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.


Argal Reservoir Dam - - 162835

Argal Reservoir Dam. On the far side of the dam is a recreation area.

Mabe Church - - 162869

Mabe Church. This view of Mabe Church and surrounding area is shot from the far side of Argal Reservoir. It is not taken with a zoom lens but it is cropped from the original photograph. The monument includes a prehistoric standing stone with a medieval cross incised on it, situated in the churchyard at Mabe in west Cornwall. The stone, which is listed Grade II, is 1.85m high and 0.66m wide at the base tapering to 0.35m at the top. The principal faces are orientated north-south, and on the top of the north face is a small incised `Latin' cross, probably added at sometime during the medieval period. On the east face the granite has naturally weathered along linear cracks, which has given the misleading impression that there is a further inscription or incised ornament on this stone. The standing stone is set in a low mound and is considered to be in its original location.

Argal Reservoir - - 2015811

Shoreline view.

Argal Home Farm - - 2015832

Argal Home Farm

College Reservoir - - 906337

A view of College Reservoir which lies just to the north. The white blur is a Little Egret which was roosting in the trees opposite.

St Laudus Church Mabe - - 831643

St Laudus Church Mabe - on the western side of the lake. The church stands well outside the village of Mabe in a fine setting high above Argal reservoir. On a fine day there are views towards the clay workings around St Austell about 25 miles away.

Cafe in the car park for Argal Reservoir - - 4800639

Cafe in the car park

Early Morning Mist over Argal Reservoir - - 1277191

Early Morning Mist over Argal Reservoir, near to Treverva, Cornwall, Great Britain. Presumably caused by an unusual temperature inversion over the water which produced misty conditions (and earlier low, billowing clouds) over the water only.


GPS Files

GPX File

Argal Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Argal Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)