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A Circular Coastal Walk from Durgan

This route illustrates the diverse range of landscapes on the Helford, taking you along the coast through lush gardens, ancient woodland, and open fields.

Our starting point for this walk is the National Trust car park at Bosveal. A path downwards from the car park passes by the idyllic Bosloe lodge, on it's left you'll see ‘Candy's gate' which leads you through the landscaped gardens of Bosloe House. This relatively secret garden is managed by the National Trust, and within a beautiful array of bamboo, azalea and rhododendron thrive. The garden path extends to open fields, where the Helford River reveals itself to you.

Crossing the field, our path traces along the waterside, you'll pass by the beach of Porth Saxon and it's neighbor Porthallack, pristine little sheltered coves which are an ideal stop-off for a picnic or a swim for those feeling spirited.

From Porthallack the path will take you uphill. If you can help it, we suggest that you try not to look over your shoulder until you reach the very top- at it's crest a breathtaking view awaits, stretching out from the ocean to the upper reaches of the river. At this point you'll get a sense of the topographical history of the landscape, and the Helford river's origin as a drowned river valley or ‘ria'.

Once you are able steal yourself away from the view, follow the coast path along Mawnan sheer through sweet smelling gorse and pass through a remnant of the ancient woodland that once shrouded the entire Helford. A fork takes you left and upwards towards Mawnan Smith church, with it's historic churchyard, or down to the right to continue our route.

Through the woods (with some steep steps in places) and fields open-up to you once again as you round Rosemullion head. Here the views reach out to the east, with Falmouth and the Roseland visible on the horizon.

Further along, you'll reach Bream cove, a dog-friendly beach and another great spot for a swim. A left turn at the cove takes you uphill through through woods carpeted with native wildflowers. The path reaches a road, which you'll follow along to the left and towards the village of Mawnan Smith.

As you approach the village, Carwinion Lane will be on your left. Take this lane and after passing the houses turn a right into the fields the border the village. Keep to this path, and once you pass along the allotments a left turn will take you back to where you began, ready to get back to your cottage to unwind with a well-deserved cold (or warm, depending on the season) drink.

Please ensure that you follow the countryside code whilst exploring the local area - cattle roam in some fields along this route, therefore dogs must be kept on leads where necessary.