Walking king Arthurs Lake

Walking king Arthurs Lake
Some people believe that it was here at Loe Pool that Sir Bedivere threw King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur into the lake, Cornwall’s largest natural body of freshwater.P1080576
It is also said that it was here experiments concerning the development of the ‘bouncing bomb’ during the Second World War took place.
A six mile length of winding footpaths takes you round the whole of the lake, and there are plenty of shorter walks to be enjoyed. Today GD and I walked from the cafe P1080580to the loe bar where lakeside walk meets the ocean. P1080577The coast at Loe Bar is an immense shingle bank that cuts the lake off from the sea.
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.P1080578

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.P1080574

As we walked, we moved from countryside to woodland, from an inland water to the open expanse of the coastline.


We saw many joggers, dog walkers and cyclists out today even though the weather was overcast and on the chilly side, as well as those like us just enjoying the lakeside walk.
GD and I took the right hand path away from the cafe towards the coast and with my foot and leg problems it was a little exhausting for me, the ground was pocketed in places and at times a little rough, but definitely well worth the effort.
The left side path around the lake looked much flatter and more tarmaced from what we could see but hoping to pop back there very soon and will update on that.
Some info on the grounds and estateP1080569P1080565P1080566
The area map and the route we took highlighted on the left map.

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 gardenP1080573

then back up across the little bridge over the streamP1080568

Away from the lake and up to the carpark.P1080567

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 wayP1080579

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.


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