Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall, is cut off from the sea by a broad shingle bar heaped up by heavy Atlantic seas.
The surrounding Penrose Estate is a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool, through which there are many paths to explore.
Take some time to visit the church of St Winwalloe, which huddles low against the wind in the lee of a rocky headland at Church Cove.
Either side of this headland are two sandy coves and the Gunwalloe valley reedbed provides a haven for a wide variety of birdlife.
Dogs welcome at Penrose & Loe and out of main season at Gunwalloe
Pay & display car park (National Trust members free) at Gunwalloe
Car parks at Penrose Hill, Degibna and Chyvaloe (National Trust)
Car parks in Helston Amenity area & Porthleven (Highbarrow) (not NT)
Seasonal café at the stables in the parkland (not National Trust)
Seasonal beach café (not National Trust) at Gunwalloe
Cafés at Helston and Porthleven (not National Trust)
Toilets at Gunwalloe Church Cove (not National Trust) open in summer
Toilets at Helston boating lake and Porthleven (not National Trust)
Picnic site around Penrose & Loe Pool area