Bosloe down to the beach walk
North Helford, on road to Durgan Village, Cornwall TR11 5JRRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Chatham cottage was extended from 1880 to become Bosloe, the holiday home of various families. Today it continues to provide all-year breaks as National Trust holiday apartments – with magnificent, elevated views between pine trees to the Helford River. This walk surrounds Bosloe and leads down to the beach at Porth Saxon.
- Type of walk: 'Waterside Walks', 'Beautiful Views'
- Bus stop
Start: Bosveal car park, grid ref: SW775275
Leave Bosveal car park, going downhill on the footpath. Continue on the footpath past a small lodge house on the left, but cut through at the next opportunity onto the lane looking out for any traffic.
Walking down to the Helford river, the warm shallow waters that you look out on are recognised as one of the best sites in Europe for marine wildlife, providing sheltered habitat for many species. These qualities inspired the creation in 1987 of a voluntary marine conservation area. Now many people with different interests in the river, including the National Trust, work together to promote its sustainable use. This includes the Oyster Fishery, once considered superior to that in the neighbouring Fal Estuary, which is being rebuilt on a long-term sustainable basis.
When the lane bends sharp round to the right, go over the stile to the left. Follow the footpath next to the coast and arrive at a boathouse and through a gate onto Porth Saxon beach.
From the 162 acres (65ha) of land which we bought in 1980, there are fine views over the Helford river. On the left is the headland of Mawnan Shear and to the right Nare Point stretches out into the sea. Improbably, between the two World Wars, this belonged to an Indian Maharajah. Immediately opposite is Bosahan - privately owned and sequestered in its own woods - and then comes the village of Helford. On the riverbank at Helford lies the small chapel of St Francis - built in 1930, it's a fitting monument for a place that's a wonderful bird and animal sanctuary.
When youve finished on the beach, return through the gate past the boathouse and follow the track through woodlands.
Imagine staying in the sumptuous surroundings of one of the three apartments in Bosloe House. They offer astounding views over the Helford estuary out to the open sea. This view can be yours by contacting www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk to find out more.
Walk through the next gateway into an open field where you'll see a series of old oak trees along the ridge. Walk up to these trees and follow the line of them, leading to a gate into a small woodland.
A few yards on is a kissing gate with a plaque acknowledging the creation of the path to the CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England). Go through the gate and into the gardens of Bosloe House.
Walk through the garden with its exotic trees, shrubs and bamboo to reach a gate next to a small lodge house.
Cross the road beyond the gate with care and walk up the footpath to the right (not the road) back up to the car park.
We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk
End: Bosveal car park, grid ref: SW775275
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
- Time: 30 minutes to 40 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 204
Mixed terrain, with a few stiles along the route, which consists of gravel and grass paths and woodland paths with some muddy parts. There are some slopes but no steep hills. Dogs are welcome on this walk.
- How to get here:
By bus: Western Greyhound 535 passes Glendurgan Garden, a 10-minute walk away
By train: Falmouth Penmere, 4 miles (6.4km)
By car: 4 miles (6.4km) south-west of Falmouth, 0.5 miles (804m) south-west of Mawnan Smith, on road to Helford Passage, signposted left out of Mawnan Smith Village toward ‘Durgan, Bosveal and Bosloe’ on a white fingerpost sign. Car park on right, 400yd (365m) down this road
- Telephone: 01326 252020
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- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan-garden/