Loe Bar Beach

Loe Bar Beach on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Loe Bar Beach is a small area of south-west-facing beach in the middle of Porthleven Sands on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. The dune-backed, sand and flint beach forms a natural barrier, protecting Cornwall’s largest fresh water lake, The Loe, from the sea.


Beach at Loe Bar, CornwallMuch of the area forms part of the National Trust-owned Penrose Estate. There are splendid coastal and woodland walks to be enjoyed in the area, where the abundant wildlife also attracts the attention of bird-watchers.

Porthleven holiday cottages provide self catering holiday accommodation near Loe Bar. The nearest major towns providing holiday cottage accommodation are Helston (4 miles), Penzance (14 miles), St Ives (18 miles) and Falmouth (17 miles).

Until the 12-13th Century, when the bar was formed as a result of storms, the River Cober connected Helston to the sea at this point. The very strong currents in the area make the waters extremely dangerous. There is no lifeguard service.

Car parking is available just outside Porthleven, around a mile to the north, as are facilities. Dogs are permitted on the beach all year.

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