Glendurgan is a subtropical garden found in a deep valley off the Helford river.


We visited this green oasis back in June of 2017 a typically Cornish summer day (overcast and mizzly).


Going in June we missed the magnolia’s and camellia’s flowering, but this doesn’t stop it being an impressive place to visit with a wide variety of rare plants and shrubs. To see some photos of the spring flowers check out this post

The centre of the garden hosts a cherry laurel maze, planted in 1933, with it’s little hut in the middle. The garden itself was first started in 1920 by Alfred Fox, who planted many of the original trees.


We had a mooch around on the beach before heading back up to the maze and giving that a go. It’s a lot longer and harder than it looks from the outside!

Durgan Beach

We took the top path that leads to a platform that gives a fantastic view of the maze, before following the path down to the hamlet of Durgan. Despite the weather this was a great place to visit, with plenty of green space to get lost in.


This is a National Trust property and is accessible via ticketed entry. The valley is fairly steep, and while they’ve made the paths as accessible as possible it may be a challenge for those with limited mobility. 

There is ample National Trust carparking at the site.

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