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A hidden treasure and a fantastic walk

Only a short walk along the cliff path out of Porthleven the Loe Pool is one of Cornwall's lesser... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Great open beach

We where lucky enough to have some good sunshine when we visited. This is a really good large... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Chris S
Swindon, United Kingdom
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Some people believe that King Arthur abandoned his sword Excalibur in Loe Pool, Cornwall's largest natural body of freshwater.
Porthleven, Helston, England
+44 7715 851027
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I went to Loe Bar, where a mysterious flint and sand bank the formed in the late medieval period splits the ocean from a fresh water lake that was once a river, Loe Pool. I went to Swim in Loe Pool which, as long as...More

10  Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

The Porthleven side of this walk is great but as walk past Helston on the way back it can get very muddy

1  Thank FalmouthLucy
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Only a short walk along the cliff path out of Porthleven the Loe Pool is one of Cornwall's lesser visited walks. It can be appraoched from either the Porthleven to Helston Road or the Coastal path. The views of the large lake viewed from the...More

1  Thank STVBristol
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We where lucky enough to have some good sunshine when we visited. This is a really good large beach, but no swimming though.

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Stunning place a couple of miles outside Porthleven and easily reached by the South West Coast Path. There are paths around the lakes which make a great walk , you can go as far as Helston, or there is a cafe at the National Trust...More

Thank Brownest
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Take a walk or a cycle through Penrose Walk from the bottom of Helston to Porthleven passing Loe Pool on the way to Loe Bar beach. The path is now nearly all tarmac which is a lovely cycle ride for me and my 9 year...More

Thank andyj7772017
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Loe Bar (a large sand bar separating sea and fresh water lake) is a rare landscape feature. And the walk around the lake is beautiful. it is less than half an hour walk from Portleven Harbour.

2  Thank mary c
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We walked from the Dregibnah Chapel (just across from the NT car park) down to Loe Bar. A bit muddy in places, and a few short, steep sections but not too challenging. The walk has plenty of memorable sections with a nice viewpoint across Loe...More

Thank Graybags78
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Nice walk from the Helston Boating lake car park around Loe Pool. It's just over 6 miles but mostly level. Best take a drink with you as the cost at the National Trust cafe is not cheap. 2 quid for a tea bag in a...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We wet off from the south side of Porthleven, left side as u enter town looking at the sea, where there in a nice car park to stop at and begin the walk. We headed to Mullion on the well marked and maintained routes. Only...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Loe Pool is the larges fresh water lake in Cornwall situated between Helston and Porthleven. We chose to do a circular walk around the pool starting and finishing in Helston boating lake car park. Expect a long walk that will take 2-3 hours with a...More

1  Thank F1dude
Reviewed 15 February 2017

One of the best winter walks possible. We used the bus to Helston and walked 3ish miles alongside the pool to the coast and on to Porthleven. The weather was sunny but the path was tarmac so ok even if wet. Good cafes and toilets...More

1  Thank pamskelding
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Jill W
14 January 2018|
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Response from Jack R | Reviewed this property |
It is possible to get there by road but not sure how - Google maps would help there. All seaward approaches involve high cliffs, unfortunately
20 September 2017|
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Response from Irene M | Reviewed this property |
No, there are warning signs saying the under currant is very strong and nobody must enter the water or swim.
Jake E
26 July 2016|
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Response from Jake E |
Ah ok...we'd best steer clear of swimming it then! Do you know of any good wild swimming pools, lakes or rivers nearby?