Walk - Loe Tide at Porthleven
7.4 miles (11.8 km)
Porthleven First Downs car park - TR13 9ES First Downs car park
Moderate - A good level drive on the western side of the lake, small footpaths on the eastern side that may be wet and muddy. There is a wheelchair-friendly bird hide at Loe Marsh, about 2 miles from Helston on a good path.
A long but mostly level lakeside walk around The Loe, where Sir Bedivere is said to have cast Excalibur into the water as King Arthur lay dying. The waves crash deafeningly on the shingle barrier beach, the site of an 1807 shipwreck costing 120 lives, commemorated in a memorial in the dunes. Cornwall's largest natural freshwater lake is a major overwintering area for many wildfowl and waterbirds, and cormorants roost in the trees fringing the swamp behind it. There is an optional shortcut across Loe Marsh, reducing the distance to about 8km (5 miles). A lovely walk in spring, when the woods are carpeted in bluebells.