Looe Bar viewed from the Lizard side of the beach. The water on the right is the Looe, Cornwall's largest lake, the Bar is the flint shingle bank that separates the sea from the lake. Until the 13th Century the ocean was joined to Helston's river Cobar and boats sailed up it to Helston harbour. Incidentally the nearest Flint source is 120 miles away! How did it get there?
The 'Kennels', man made channels in Helstons streets all run into the river Cobar, in the past locals used to have to breach the Bar by hand, often during storms, to prevent the town from flooding. It remains one of the most dangerous beaches in Britain, nobody ever swims here. The steep shingle banks, huge waves and very powerful currents have claimed numerous lives over the years. The walk from here to Porthleven is a must, take the long route via the lakes perimeter and lose yourself in the natural beauty of Cornwall.