Enjoy the Helford River

Explore the magical Glendurgan and Carwinion gardens, bask on the secluded Helford Passage beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery.



Plan your day...

  1. Park and Float - 30mins
  2. Bus transfer - 20mins
  3. Bus ride - 40mins
  4. Carwinion/Glendurgan - 1/2 hours
  5. Helford passage - 1/2 hours
  6. Bus and ferry back - 1 hour
Total day out: 5-7 hours

Top Tips

For a perfect day...

  • Start early in the morning.
  • Wear good footwear, there is a lot of walking!
  • Take a camera.

Find the Ferries


Explore the Helford River

The beautiful scenery, secluded beaches and glorious gardens.


The Helford river is situated south west of Falmouth and is well worth a visit!

The river is now mainly used by leisure users with visiting yachts a plenty, but it still has some working fishing boats and the famous Duchy oyster farm.

If thats not enough, there is plenty of activities for the whole family on the water.

1. Park and Float to Falmouth

Wash away the stress of parking with Falmouth Park & Float...

The car park has well over 500 car parking spaces, so parking is never a problem.

Located on the outskirts of Falmouth, you can avoid the congestion of the town centre. Pick up your Fal Mussel Card Visitor here and start your journey.

Use a Fal Mussel Card | Timetable | Meet the fleet

2. Jump on the No. 35 bus to Helford

Take a short walk from Customs House Quay to Falmouth Moor.


The number 35 bus leaves every hour or so from Falmouth Moor.

This bus is included on the Fal Mussel Card visitor, so you won't have to spend a penny.

Fal Mussel Card | 35 Bus 

3. Glorious Gardens

Unlock the magical kingdom of gardens on the Helford River.


Explore the tranquil Glendurgan gardens or the impressive bamboo collection at Carwinion.

Glendurgan is renowned for its natural beauty and amazing plants, the three valleys of Glendurgan truely are something special.

Carwinion's rare plants are quite a spectacle. Scattered over 14 acres, these gardens offer a feast of fun for everyone.

Carwinion Gardens | Glendurgan Gardens

4. Enjoy Helford Passage

After all the exploring around the gardens, head to Helford Passage for a relaxing lunch.


Take a picnic with you or grab lunch at the famous Ferryboat Inn. 

Helford Passage has a small beach offering fantastic views over the river. Catch a ferry across the river to Helford, or hire a small boat and make your own way across!

Helford Ferry | Helford Boat Hire

5. Head for Home

Head for home...


Jump on the bus back to Falmouth.

Simply head back to Falmouth on the bus and jump on the park and float and head back to the car at Ponsharden.

Park & Float Timetable | 35 Bus Times

Grab a Guide Book...

Pick up a Mussel Card...

Check the Ferries...

Instagram... #glendurgan

Did you enjoy your day?