Opening times for 29 November 2023
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Slopes, steps and uneven terrain. Accessible toilet at nearby Glendurgan Garden is open mid February - end of October, Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
From Truro (and North / East Cornwall). Join the A39 south-bound direction Falmouth from Truro. Follow the A39 all the way until you reach the Treliever Roundabout/A39. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Treliever Roundabout/A39. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A39. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Union Road. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Union Corner. From the roundabout follow the brown oak leaf signs to Glendurgan via Mawnan Smith. Leaving Mawnan Smith take the first left hand turn, on the road to Helford Passage, this road is marked Durgan, continue along this road until you see the entrance to Bosveal car park on the right. From Helston (and West Cornwall). Take the A394 from Helston. Once reaching the Treliever Roundabout/A39 take the 2nd exit onto the A39 and follow the directions from Truro at this point. Please note if using Sat nav from Helston it may take you on scenic back roads via Gweek, Constantine and Port Navas. These roads are very windy and narrow so check the settings on your sat nav if you’d like to avoid this type of driving.
Parking: All-day parking charge is £4 per vehicle or £2 for two hours and free to National Trust members.
Sat Nav: Sat nav postcode TR11 5JR
Take the Southwest coastal footpath from Falmouth (starting at the seafront at Gyllyngvase beach) to Durgan village. You can enter the bottom of the garden from the village. Total Distance 5.9 miles (9.5 kilometres). Time: 2 hours 30 minutes approximately.
The town of Falmouth is on a branch line from Truro. Take the First Great Western Train from Truro to Falmouth Town Station (24 minutes). From the station walk to the Moor, Falmouth TR11 3RB (About 17 minutes). 1. Head east toward Avenue Road. 2. Turn left onto Avenue Road. 3. At the roundabout turn left onto Arwenack Street which leads onto Church Street and then Market Street. 4. Turn left onto Killigrew Street. 5. The street soon opens out to Falmouth Moor. Buses leave from just beyond the large paved area on the right. See ‘By bus’ on how to transfer from Falmouth to Bosveal.
From Falmouth. Catch a bus from The Moor to Glendurgan Garden TR11 5JZ (About 30mins). Service 35 from Falmouth to Helston (Direction Helford Passage) via Gweek and Constantine. Service run by First Travel (please note, this bus does not run on a Sunday). From Helston. Catch a bus from Blue Anchor Inn, Coinagehall Street Helston to Glendurgan Garden (About 55 minutes). Service 35 from Helston to Falmouth run by First Travel (please note, this bus does not run on a Sunday). Bus drops off outside the entrance to Glendurgan Garden. Leave the bus stop cross over the road, if coming from Falmouth, go through the gate and turn right along path. At the end of the path cross back over the road and follow the road signposted Durgan, continue along this road until you see the entrance to Bosveal car park on the right.
Bosveal car park is ½ mile south-west of Mawnan Smith, on road to Helford Passage. Once you have left Mawnan Smith take the first left, this road is marked Durgan, continue along this road until you see the entrance to Bosveal car park on the right.
There are no ferry services from Falmouth to Durgan (nearest coastal access to Bosveal car park). Access from the Lizard Peninsula by ferry from Helford village to Helford Passage. Take the Southwest coastal footpath from Helford Passage to Durgan village. Follow the road leaving Durgan village uphill the entrance to Bosveal car park is on the left. Total Distance: 0.8 miles (1.29 kilometres). Time: 20 minutes.
Coastal walks and beaches
Wooded valleys, secluded coves and soft, sheltered shores of the Helford River and Falmouth Bay.
There are wooded valleys and secluded beaches waiting to be explored on foot in Bosveal's undulating landscape leading out to Falmouth Bay. Find out more about its best walks.
The Helford River is great to explore by boat or kayak, being sheltered from the worst storms and offering many places to visit along its route. Find out more about getting afloat.
A traditional stone cottage just a few metres from the shores of the Helford Estuary.
Just metres from the water’s edge, you’ll be guaranteed a room with a view in this stone cottage.
Victorian school turned beachside retreat, full of original features and sea-view windows.
A fine example of a traditional cob cottage, set on a winding creek off the Helford River.
A sophisticated wood cabin peeking through the pine trees, on the edge of Frenchman’s Creek.
Part of a large country house, brimming with original features and views over the Helford River.
Many walks help you discover woodland valleys, secluded coves and the sheltered shores of the Helford River. Welly boots, flip-flops, dogs and children - this is a landscape waiting to be explored.
The North Helford ranger team looks after three miles of the South West Coast Path plus many acres of meadow. Explore how they carry out their important conservation work