Walking king Arthurs Lake
Legend has it that the giant Tregeagle was doomed to remove the sand from Gunwalloe to Porthleven, in the course of one of his journeys he is said to have dropped a bag of sand at the entrance of Helston harbour and so to have formed the Bar. Local superstition warns that the Loe claims a victim every seven years. The waters around the Loe coastline are treacherous and have indeed claimed many lives.
There is plenty of wildlife to be found at Penrose including badgers and bats, Penrose is home to a diverse range of species. In spring and summer many types of butterflies and dragonflies can be found around the tributaries that feed into the Pool and in the autumn and winter the Pool is home to migrating birds such as grebes and tufted ducks.
As we walked, we moved from countryside to woodland, from an inland water to the open expanse of the coastline.
we could not complete a circular walk today as there had been a cliff fall due to the recent storm Eleanor and partial collapse of the path and repair work was being carried out to make it safe again, which meant we returned back alongside the lake.
There is said to be a crashed WW11 plane at the bottom of the lake and even a treasure laden ship washed over the bar in a storm. As well as underground tunnels that were used for smuggling.
I was glad to get back to the cafe area for a brief rest on one of the benches and a quick look at the lovely walled garden
then back up across the little bridge over the stream
Away from the lake and up to the carpark.
I would say we were lucky to get a space in the National Trust car park, which had a £2 honesty box, it wasn’t very big and as we left many were turning around not able to find a space but there is another free carpark down at the foot of the hill, which was huge and seemed to be being used by many people heading off in the direction of the lake.
I did love the little gym areas dotted along the way
I think the path we took, although we saw many dogs off the lead, I would be cautious to take any in my care which I was not very sure would heed commands as although the path was very safe, the drop into the lake was very steep in places and a dog falling in would have trouble getting out once in.
I was happy to see so many families out on their bikes here enjoying the lovely surroundings and it seemed an ideal place to cycle and GD and I are looking forward to bringing our family and grandkids over to do just that.