Penrose Estate and The Loe

Feeling like a long walk today I set off for Penrose Estate, more National Trust-owned land near Helston. Within the estate is a huge pool called Loe Pool which sweeps towards the sea, separated by a naturally occurring ‘bar’.

Loe Bar
Loe Pool on the left, and Loe Bar separating the sea from the pool

The weather was changing all day, and rays of sun were bursting through the clouds and onto the bar when I reached it, creating interesting patches of light and dark to complement the azure sea.

Coastal Path near Loe Bar
The South West Coastal Path looking North

All around the pool were blackberries ripe for picking and I made sure I had plenty as I walked the 6.5 mile loop back up to Penrose. It was hard to believe I was in Cornwall when some viewpoints of the pool looked so much like I was in the jungle.

Loe Pool
Cornwall or the Amazon?

Unfortunately swimming is banned in the pool – it’s incredibly polluted from surface run-off from nearby farms, mining waste and probably crap (literally) from upstream in Helston. You wouldn’t know it to look at it though, so it’s best to admire it from a distance.

I somehow got lost walking back but eventually found my way thanks to a helpful old local couple who loved the chance to chat to someone new to the area. They were amazed I was so happy to walk this alone, and couldn’t believe their ears when I told them where in the world I’d travelled to by myself. Having said that, they couldn’t believe I’d even go to Birmingham alone so I think they’ve lived a very sheltered life. Lovely people though, and a nice end to my walk.

 

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