I find peace by the water and Cornwall has an abundance to offer. But when it comes to peace; the beach isn’t always the best place so on this occasion, I took myself to the river. The Helford River is a water inlet between Flushing and Mawnan and it stretches all the way in towards Mawgan.
Once of the most beautiful spots along the river is Durgan. Durgan is a small hamlet with only ten full time inhabitants. We ventured down and parked in the main National Trust car park and after a short wander through the woods, you’ll begin to see the turquoise water pierce through the trees. There’s a few stoney beaches to explore but it’s super easy to follow the road down to the village.
I had seen these images of tree lined seascapes for so long and always wondered where it was – it was here! The river is a popular place for boats, paddle boards and swimmers because of its sheltered nature but do be careful as it’s not lifeguarded like the beach.
Durgan and the Helford River is a short venture away from Falmouth if you find yourself staying there and it’s also close to the beautiful tropical Trebah Gardens. Durgan is on the North edge of the river and to make a beautiful day of it, perhaps a trip to the South and the ever delightful Helford Village.
Obviously I had to go for a dip, shame I didn’t bring my swimmers! I absolutely loved our afternoon at Durgan and it truly was the peace we were looking for.