Around The Loe in Cornwall

Submitted by Timwoods on 12 May 2010
OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard
(12 votes)
A linear, half-day countryside walk in England starting at Helston, Cornwall, about 7.2km (roughly 4.4 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This route in southern Cornwall takes you around The Loe, also called Loe Pool. Despite being on the coast, it is a freshwater lake - the sea is kept out by the Loe Bar, a shingle bank at its southern end. The walk starts in Helston, and winds along the woody banks of The Loe before picking up the South West Coastal Path to Porthleven. Regular buses connect Helston to Porthleven.
Start: Helston, OS Grid: SW662269
End: Porthleven, OS Grid: SW630255
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 120m (396ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 266m (872ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 145m (476ft)
Max. Elevation: 50m (164ft)

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OS Grid: SW659275
Start your walk in Helston. As ever in Cornwall, there are plenty of places to stay if you want to explore the region a little more deeply - start your search at
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SW653270
Head for Porthleven Road (B3304). There is a path signposted just before the road crosses the river.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SW652264
The track leads you through the woods and along the Loe Valley, towards Loe Pool.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SW651255
The path brings you to The Loe, an important stopover for birds in winter. It's also the lake where King Arthur's sword, Excaliber, was cast (apparently). Follow the eastern shore of the pool.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SW647243
Carry on to Carminowe Creek, a branch of The Loe.
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SW647240
Stick to the shore of the creek to reach the beach at Porthleven Sands.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SW642241
Cross the natural bar that keeps The Loe a freshwater body. Continue along the beach and pick up the South West Coastal Path on the northern bank.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SW635248
Carry on along the coast to Porthleven.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SW629257
Finish up in Porthleven, from where you can get the bus back to Helston, or just sit on the beach and relax!
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