Argal Reservoir

Argal Reservoir

Crenva Argal

Near Penryn, TR10 9JF
Tel: (01209) 860301


Quiet and peaceful lake

Nestling in a valley close to Penryn, Argal at around 65 acres offers a great opportunity for a peaceful day in the countryside. Surrounded by sloping fields it is overlooked by the picturesque Mabe church. The reservoir was built in 1940 and the level was raised in 1961.

The lake is noted for its wildlife and beautiful walks, there is a circular walk of about two miles which passes through woods and meadows.

With several picnic and barbecue areas and excellent views across the water, Argal is ideal for a family afternoon out. The rustic children's play area is especially suitable for younger children and there is plenty of space for informal games. An ice-cream van visits during the summer and there are toilets on site suitable for disabled visitors.

Argal is a well-stocked coarse fishery with permits available from a self-service unit in the barn beside the lake.

The adjacent College Reservoir at around 35 acres is managed as a nature reserve. The circular walk around takes about an hour and a half.


A new cafe called Wild Vibes Cafe, run by a local couple from Penryn, has recently been opened at Argal offering good quality coffee, hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes and breakfasts.


About one mile south-west of Penryn.

Opening Times

All Year

Admission Free

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