North Helford countryside

A coastal meadow with a row of old oak trees dips down to the Helford River

The National Trust cares for over 300 acres of countryside and coastline extending east from Glendurgan along to Maenporth.

Coastal footpaths

The south west coastal footpath runs through Durgan, offering links to other great stretches of coastline.

East from Durgan

Heading east from Durgan leads along the Helford River and around to Rosemullion Head where the Helford river meets Falmouth bay. The route is especially charming in spring when an abundance of wild flowers often lines 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.

West from Durgan

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 then 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, an idyllic locally run pub offering delicious home made food and a selection of fine ales.

Walking at Bosveal
Two people and a dog walk in coastal meadows at Bosveal in Cornwall
Walking at Bosveal
" Helford River, Helford River, Blessed may ye be; We sailed up Helford River By Durgan from the sea"
- Arthur Quiller-Couch