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“Lovely walk, and nice cup of coffee on return journey”
Review of Loe Pool

Loe Pool
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Porthleven
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Owner description: Some people believe that King Arthur abandoned his sword Excalibur in Loe Pool, Cornwall's largest natural body of freshwater.
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We set off from Porthleven and walked anti-clockwise. We wanted to do it all, including up to Helston, but signage not brilliant and unfortunately we crossed a bridge too soon, and by the time we came to a good sign we realised we’d gone too far to turn back. We was by the National Trust cafe so stopped for a lovely cuppa.
All the ‘work’ on the loe bar spoilt photos, but when we return they will have finished hopefully.

Thank Nainllyn
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

If you are visiting to walk either download or print off the Penrose National Trust walk map beforehand. Some of the bridlepaths are loose stone and thick soles are preferable to thin-soled trainers. Parking at Penrose Hill National trust car park was almost easy except that the car park itself was not well signposted at the very end. We walked down surfaced roads to reach The Stables - the cafe - which took us about 20 minutes. The cafe is rather basic but coffee and cakes were OK. The seating is outside on bench tables and at 10.00 am in October only two were in the sun (and therefore occupied). The only functioning toilet was the disabled toilet - the others were barred to access - and there was a queue for it. The walled garden next to it has great promise but is very much a work in progress for which volunteers are clearly needed. The walk from the cafe immediately to the right leads down to Loe bar and the footpath is more comfortable walking than the bridleway. The path goes through pleasant woodland with views over Loe pool and was both quiet and enjoyable. The views when the parh and bridleway emerge onto the heights about Loe bar are great but the sand bar itself was being worked on with heavy machinery and not appealing so we turned right and walked down to Porthleven with great costal views to our left. The path is quite steep at times but very well used by walkers and dogs. Porthleven itself was disappointing close up, lacking visual charm, mainly I suspect due to unimaginative planning of the harbour area but was thronged with tourists even in October and according to a local informant 70% of the property is holiday lettings. We had coffee in a cafe called The Square, sitting just inside to avoid the car fumes from the street. The walk from The Stables had taken us about an hour and a half but we are not fast walkers. As we were tired we called the local taxi firm who very efficiently picked us up and took us up the main road to our starting point. Walking on the direct routes from Portleven to Penrose Hill would be dangerous as there are no pavements on narrow and busy roads. I expect we will return to try other walks around Loe pool, perhaps on the Eastern side next time. The absence of toilets could be an issue for some, a good eason perhaps to use the woodland walk on the West side.

Thank 850redd
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We have visited Loe Pool on numerous occasions being local Cornish Residents. You can walk around Loe Pool the scenery is lovely with wild life. The beach is not far and as mentioned before can be dangerous.

1  Thank Gloria A
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

Parking in the NT Penrose car park, walk downhill along the path. It's not an extra 5 minutes if you go right (as the signpost suggests) and is much safer for the buggy as the other path (straight on) that we went down ended in a short flight of steps. You'll need an all-terrain/sturdy buggy, as after the cafe the road loses tarmac. It's still a good road though.

The walk was a bit far for a 3 year old who hadn't had his nap, but he enjoyed looking at the green gym things along the route, and a few piggy backs - this would be good if you had older children and bikes going from Helston.

There are works on the Bar at the moment, not sure what's happening. We didn't walk down to it, but admired the views from the top. We enjoyed a tea break at the Stables on the way back.

The walk from Penrose does always seem a little bit samey after a while, but worth the wait at the end. A great afternoon for all ages.

Thank c0rnishHK
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

This was a short trip to have a picnic. We walked from the National Trust car park at Penrose (Donations box in operation. Followed the path towards the coach house but then carried straight on following the Helston sign. After walking about 20 minutes from the car, we found a little clearing right on the waters edge which made a good spot for the picnic. It appeared that most of the lakeside is tree lined and that a substantial walk is required to get the the beach of the Loe Pool.
Our dogs can't walk too far so that was off the agenda but this is a really peaceful place. Not inundated with other users.

1  Thank Iain D
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