North Helford countryside

Bosveal Cornwall Helford Wildflowers

The National Trust cares for over 300 acres of countryside extending along several miles of stunning coastline from Glendurgan to Maenporth beach.

There is easy access to the South West Coast Path from Durgan village, either heading west towards the village of Helford Passage or east along the Helford River towards Falmouth.

East towards Maenporth and Falmouth beyond

Heading east from Durgan, initially along a short stretch of quiet road, the footpath leads through meadows and woodland areas, following the coastline to Rosemullion Head where the Helford River meets Falmouth Bay. The route is especially charming in spring when an abundance of wild flowers often line the footpath. As the route heads towards Falmouth it's easy to spot iconic local landmarks such as St Anthony's Lighthouse and Pendennis Castle in the distance. 

Following this route there are various coves and beaches to be explored which are accessible from the coast path, including Grebe Beach a 5 minute walk from Durgan as well as Porth Saxon Beach and Prisk Cove further round towards Rosemullion Head. All beaches are dog friendly year round.

Autumn in the North Helford countryside
an autumnal view of the North Helford countryside with the Helford River to the right
Autumn in the North Helford countryside

West towards Helford Passage and The Lizard

Heading west from Durgan along the re-routed coastpath leads to Helford Passage, an historic crossing point of the Helford River. Extreme weather in 2015 resulted in some impressive landslides so the route now follows the hill further up from Durgan and is sign posted along the improved route to Helford Passage. A seasonal passenger ferry runs across the river to the idyllic Helford village and the Lizard peninsula. At Helford Passage you'll also find the Ferryboat Inn, a 300 year old pub offering delicious home made pub classics and various ales and soft drinks.

" Helford River, Helford River, Blessed may ye be; We sailed up Helford River By Durgan from the sea"
- Arthur Quiller-Couch
A view of the Helford River from Rosemullion Head
A view looking out on the Helford River with fields in the foreground and a variety of boats dotted along the river in the distance
A view of the Helford River from Rosemullion Head