After exploring the nearby Glendurgan Garden we stumbled across the National Trust car park at Bosveal and decided to do some more exploring. It’s free to park here for National Trust members and £2 all for non-members. The car park is near Durgan Village and is a good base for starting various walks in the surrounding area of Mawnan Smith and along the Helford River. We chose to take the orange route which was a short circular loop to Grebe beach and back to Bosveal.
The walk takes you through woodland and you cross a field at the back of Bosloe House. Bosloe House is a grand manor which overlooks the Helford River and you can hire it out from the National Trust from what I would imagine is a truly magical stay.
Grebe beach is listed as one of Cornwall’s 365 secret beaches and isn’t very well known. It’s located east of the more well-known and popular Durgan beach and is reached via a steep path which probably helps to make it less busy. The beach looks out onto the Helford River and you can see boats moored here. We saw a couple of people paddling and even an older lady who must have been in her seventies at least swimming lengths along the shore. This is definitely motivation for me to get in the sea before I leave! There looked like there was plenty of rocks to climb and pools to explore and apparently a short walk will take you round to the Ferry Boat Inn which serves lovely food and drink with views of the river.
We spent a good half an hour just sitting on the shingle beach watching the few others frolicking and enjoying the late evening sunshine. It was a super peaceful beach and was dog friendly. It was quite a steep walk back up the path to continue the walk back to the car park though!