Unusually for us, we struck out down south on a beautiful evening recently, to take in a few new sights on a walk from Porthleven to Loe Bar Beach.
The dog to human ratio was even and we planned to walk all the way to St. Winwaloe’s Church, at Gunwalloe – which is about 4.5 miles. Unfortunately ‘we’ (i.e. the Black Dog) had a bit of a mishap involving salt water, an upset tummy and a sudden lameness in one of his back legs, so we didn’t make it all the way, but we got to Loe Bar and it was lush.
We parked up in a free little National Trust car park at the very far south end of Loe Bar Road. From here the south west coast path climbs up on to the headland, with magnificent views west past Porthleven and on to Penwith. At this end of town a smattering of houses perch right on the edge of land, with balconies overlooking the sea, and virtually private beaches at the bottom of the rocky cliffs.
The coastal path takes you down to the sand at Loe Bar, where a freshwater lake (originally the mouth of the River Cober) sits behind the sand bar, with green meadows and woodland running right the way down to the beach. The evening we were there, there was quite literally not a soul to be seen. Loe Bar Beach itself stretches for half a mile, but whilst beautiful the currents and tides are notorious here, so the advice is not to swim – the hounds of course didn’t heed this at all and got straight in the water.
We’ll be back for fresh views, the walk all the way to Gunwalloe and also a ferret around the National Trust Penrose Estate, which has woodland trails around the lake.