A romantic stroll around the Helford River

A romantic stroll around the Helford River

The Helford River was made for memories; especially romantic ones. Situated in South Cornwall and in a blissfully rural area, this stunning estuary is around fifty kilometres in length and has a lot of beauty to offer. Whether you take to the waters by boat or relax in a secluded cove, there are plenty of pretty little spots to enjoy with that special someone. 

April is one of my favourite months of the year in Cornwall. The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and the stunning Cornish countryside is blossoming and coming alive. 

One of my best-loved places to make the most of this blooming scenery is Helford Passage – only a short drive away from my home, near Falmouth. 

Boasting some of Cornwall’s most beautiful tropical gardens such as Trebah and Glendurgan, this gorgeous piece of heaven is the ideal destination for any explorer and natural-beauty-seeker. 

Whether you’re after a short romantic stroll or a day-long hike, Helford Passage has a variety of walks and trails to suit everyone’s ability. These paths also have plenty of stops on the way such as the Ferry Boat Inn – which serves some of the best tempura prawns I have ever tasted!

One of the walks my other half often treats me to is the gentle amble from Bosveal car park down to the pretty little fishing village of Durgan. We went down there last Saturday, picnic in arms and ready to enjoy a romantic evening on the edge of the Helford River. Walking through the large pine woods, we could see the river appearing on the horizon; pink, still and glorious. 

Out of the pretty woodlands, we started to descend down a hill which gives you, in my opinion, the best views over the Helford River. Being a few minutes shy of eight o’clock and with no one around but us, the sunset was reflecting beautifully off of the water’s surface; giving us the perfect setting for our evening picnic. We were debating about heading to our usual spot, which is just off the beaten track where a conveniently placed bench makes the most of the stunning views.

However, as the water was so still and calm I wanted to get a better look, and so we decided to eat down by the beach. We headed down to Durgan’s shore, which can also be accessed from Glendurgan Garden, and took a pew. It was pure bliss - enjoying a glass of wine and the delicate sound of the waves rolling onto the pebbles. 

From here, we usually go up the other side of Durgan, through the woods towards the entrance of Trebah but after a glass or two and the sun almost gone, we decided to head back – giggling and enjoying the last few minutes of sunshine over the river.

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