Argal Lake Walk

Ducks and waterfowl swim on the tranquil waters at Argal lake near Penryn. The sky is red reflecting into the water.

Located in Mabe Parish, just a short drive (or 20 minute walk) away from Trewena, lies the gorgeous Argal lake. Popular with local anglers, dog walkers and runners, the lake has a circular walk of about 2 miles that straddles the shoreline and passes through woodland and meadows.

Argal lake is nestled in a valley with lush green countryside sloping off to each side. Mabe’s picturesque St Laudus Church overlooks the lake on the northern edge to create a scene from days gone by, and in late summer hay bales are dotted around the landscape giving a real sense of the romance of pastoral life. 

There’s also facilities to course fish here with permit available from the barn beside the lake. Anglers are allotted private embankments to ensure a decent amount of peace and quiet, with many pitching tents and camping overnight lakeside. 

For families, there’s a great rustic play area next to the car park, as well as a kiosk that sells hot drinks, snacks and cakes. 

But the main draw here is the wildlife and is a busy nesting ground for birds. There’s an abundance of visitors and residents all your round with waterfowl including heron, geese, coots, moorhen, swans, ducks and cormorant, great crested grebe, tufted duck, mallard, goldeneye, and even the elusive yellow browed warbler, whilst the woods are teeming with pigeons, robins, tits and finches. 

Trrewena Cottages near Falmouth are the perfect base for exploring Cornwall on foot. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Falmouth and some of Cornwall’s finest hikes, you can choose from ‘Little Avalon’ our 1850s labourers cottage, or ‘The Pigsty’ our converted barn. We also have some lovely hikes right from our doorstep!