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Walking Mawnan to Helford Passage

All good walks have a pub at one end or the other! Mawnan Shear to The Ferry Boat Inn affords several coves to dip your toes in, breath-taking open vistas of the tranquil Helford River and several inclines to get your legs zinging.

Park at the end of Old Church Road by the Church (honesty box payment - suggested donation £2) and take the right-hand turn for the coast path, heading west. Hug the banks of the river, and delight in the view over the mouth of the Helford River. Drop down to Porthallack beach, next along to Porth Saxon, then the pretty former fishing village of Durgan. Stay a while and skim some stones before you follow the diversion, uphill, adjacent to Glendurgan Gardens and then across fields to the lower reaches of Trebah Gardens. (Access to Polgwidden Cove (Trebah's beach) is only possible from the garden). One more field to traverse and a small steep path down onto Passage Cove and you have arrived at The Ferry Boat Inn. You can walk back the same way, via the roads to Mawnan Smith and then across to Mawnan Church, or leave the most tired at the pub and the more energetic head back for the car!

Distance: 2.1 miles (one way)

Terrain: Moderate with steep and narrow, uneven paths in places.

The Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage
Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith
Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith