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Loe Bar near Porthleven in Cornwall.

Loe Bar Near Porthleven in Cornwall Is An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty And Scientific Interest

Loe Bar Near Porthleven in Cornwall is a sandbank created by storms which cut off the Cober Valley from the sea. The bar was formed in the 12th century and until then merchant ships could sail up the estuary as far as Helston. Beside Loe Bar is Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall. Here the distance between Loe Pool and the sea is about 200 yards.

Loe Bar is two miles gentle walking from Porthleven, or no more than a mile if you drive to the car park.

Porthleven in Cornwall - a guide to its accommodation and attractions

On the walk from Porthleven Harbour you pass Porthleven pier and beach and walk up Cliff Road out of the village. Pass the lovely cottages which overlook Mounts Bay, many of which are now holiday cottages. At the outskirts of Porthleven you come to a small car park where the coast path leads up and along a well made track to Loe Bar and the entrance to the Penrose Estate. Much of the land here is owned by National Trust.

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Seagull swoops above Loe Bar near Porthleven Loe Bar pictured from the sea

Loe Bar and Loe Pool near Porthleven, Cornwall and Penrose estate owned by the National Tust Fishing from Loe Bar beach Memorial To sailors killed in shipwrecks at Loe Bar

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.

Loe Pool and Penrose Estate near Porthleven Loe Pool Cornwalls Largest Freshwater Lake Birdwatching is popular at Loe Pool

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.

The sandbank was created by storms in the 12th century The sea the sandbank and the pool The coast path crosses Loe Bar and beside Loe Pool

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