Our favourite spots: the Loe

22nd Feb 2016

Cornwall has a fab collection of walks and attractions and one of our favourite spots is the Loe near Helston. It’s perfect to explore this Easter and you can even treat yourself to dinner or lunch at our restaurants in Porthleven or Falmouth afterwards too.

The Loe (An Logh)
The Loe in Porthleven
The Loe is the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, 120 acres in total, and was originally the estuary of the River Cober. A shingle bar was formed creating a fresh water lake, no-one knows when or how this happened, but speculate it was the result of rising sea levels in the last ice age – either way it makes for a beautiful back drop to the Cornish countryside and coastal path it overlooks. It makes up part of the South West coastal path that goes all the way from Somerset to Dorset – but if you’re not feeling quite that adventurous, we suggest following it round to Porthleven.

The details
Penrose Estate

The Loe is part of the Penrose estate owned by the National Trust and is open all year round to visitors, if you’re heading there this spring, expect fields of bluebells and daffodils. It’s perfect for long coastal walks, but also has flat paths that are ideal for families and bike rides that will work up your appetite for some lovely local food afterwards. Take a look at the National Trust circular walk here, or follow signs around the path for Porthleven to take the coastal walk. If you prefer a more leisurely activity, we recommend a stroll around the walled gardens on the Penrose estate.

How to get there
Penrose carpark

Follow the B3304 through Helston and turn left past the boating lake at the double mini-roundabout. As you continue up the hill, follow signs to Loe Bar and you’ll find Penrose Hill car park.

Make a day of it
Rick Stein Indonesian seafood curry at Porthleven
Once you’ve explored the woodland and coastal area of the Loe, tie in your walk with a stop off at Porthleven for some local fish from our set lunch menu.

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