Visiting Argal Lake

Published March 30th, 2022 Visiting Argal Lake Published in: Days Out

Argal Lake is nestled in a valley on the outskirts of Penryn village. This scenic reservoir is about 65 acres and is a peaceful location to visit.

Exploration, scenic walks, and a healthy dose of wildlife await visitors to this country destination.

This picturesque lake is surrounded by sloping fields and is overlooked by the pretty Mabe Church. It dates from the 14th century and has an ancient cross and standing stone in the churchyard.

The lake is best known for its wildlife, bird watching and exploring the nature trail. Pretty walks allow you to enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

There is a circular walk of around two miles that takes walkers around the lake along the footpath, or you can choose the slightly more challenging adventure trail. This takes you through woods, wetlands and meadow. You can always spot some wildlife hanging out. It is an interesting spot all year round.

There are a few benches and places to stop and rest, or take in the scenery. There are some lovely spots to take photos too.

You can walk over the curved dam for full views of the reservoir.

Furthermore, you can cross the road and continue your walk around neighbouring College Reservoir.

Dogs are allowed if they are kept on a lead due to the wildlife and owing to algae in the water that can be poisonous to dogs. There is a dog exercise field where you can let your dogs off the lead, and an outside tap for muddy paws. The café supplies freshwater bowls and free dog treats.

The onsite Good Vibes café is the perfect stop for a tasty refreshment after an invigorating walk. The staff are friendly. The menu offers nice quality coffee, hot and cold drinks, light lunches and delicious home-made cakes. Admire the views as you sip your coffee on the decking.

In the summer months an ice-cream van visits.

There are also several designated areas to have a picnic or barbeque with lovely views across the lake.

The children’s play area is rustic and more suited to smaller children where they can run off steam. There are lots of green spaces for games or just larking about.

Children will enjoy building a den, playing pooh sticks or tracking animal footprints. September time offers blackberry picking.

The lake is well-stocked for coarse fishing; permits are available from a self-service unit in the barn next to the lake. Fish found here include carp, pike, and bream.

There is a map with signage and information near the entrance advising what can be seen at the lake.

There is a small pay and display car park and toilet facilities.

Argal Lake is a hidden gem and the perfect destination for a family day out. It is ideal if you are looking for a break from the usual tourist destinations or want to take in the natural beauty of the Cornish landscape.