Helston Coronation Park to Loe Pool, and Loe Bar…maybe to Porthleven
Helston to Loe Pool: 1.5 miles, easy
Helston to Loe Bar: 3 miles: moderate
Helston to Porthleven: 5 miles moderate
Starting point: If you drive to Helston’s Coronation Park (along the road to Porthleven out of Helston) there is a lovely large, free car park opposite the boating lake next to a garage as you head towards Porthleven. The car park is called the Penrose Amenity Area.
As you leave the car there are two paths out of the car park to a circular route. We recommend that you stand with your back to the car park entrance and follow the path to the right which leads over the bridge over the Cober into a large field. This is a popular place for dog walkers and it also has a play area for kids tucked away.
Please note, this walk is very buggy friendly too, but if you have a buggy, you may find it easier to cross the road bridge and there you will find a wide, smooth path that is a cycle trail and easy for buggies.
Follow the path along the edge of the river through the wide field and you can follow this along the stream, which some dogs like to play in, but do make sure they can get out before the go in! If you follow the path it will take you through a marshy wooded area back to the main trail. Continue and you will eventually reach the Stables Cafe at the Penrose estate. This is about a 2 mile, 30 to 40 minute walk.
This is a very dog friendly cafe. There are lots of four-legged visitors here and doggy treats are available as well as coffee, sandwiches and cakes for two-legged walkers.
You can always park at the Penrose Estate car park near to the Stables Cafe too, if you wish to vary the walk. Follow the road from Helston to Porthleven and you will see signs for the estate about one mile along the road.
From here you can either head back to Helston Coronation Park with its Lakeside Cafe, boating lake and play area and skate park. Or you can follow the signs and continue on to Loe Bar.
PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT LET YOUR DOGS SWIM AT LOE BAR, IT IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR ANY SWIMMERS DUE TO STEEP DROP OFF AND STRONG CURRENTS
Nevertheless, Loe Bar is beautiful, and you can if you wish cross it and follow the pathway back around Loe Pool and back along the Cober valley all the way around to the car park. This is a 6 and a half mile walk and takes about two to three hours.
Another popular option is to turn right instead of left when you reach Loe Bar and follow the coastal path around to Porthleven village instead of crossing Loe Bar. It is about two miles rom Loe Bar to Porthleven and five miles from Helston to Porthleven. The five mile walk as a whole will take about two and a half hours and there are buses back to Helston. Porthleven is a beautiful fishing village, with a beach, lovely shops and it also has fantastic eateries, ranging from Roland’s Happy Plaice fish & chips, for a takeaway by the harbour, to the very dog friendly Ship Inn, Atlantic and Amelies
You can see some more photographs of the walk below