Sea fishing from the beach and kite flying are popular here. Or you enjoy the beach and have a picnic on the sand before walking back along the coast path to Porthleven.
The sea is dangerous here and many ships have been lost near Loe Bar. In 1807 there was a major tradegy when the frigate HMS Anson was driven against the reefs near Loe bar and beween 130 and 190 sailors were killed. This was a major influence on the history of Porthleven and its development as a safe harbour in the centre of Mounts Bay.
The largest freshwater lake in cornwall, Loe Pool, is circled by paths and woodland walks. It attracts many varieties of birds and so is a popular spot for bird watching.
Wrapped around Loe Pool is the Penrose Estate, now owned by the National Trust, which is a great area for walking or cycling. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Penrose Estate.
Go to the history of Porthleven to find how it has developed into the place we know and love today.
To plan your visit please go to our internet links for useful information.
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