Cornish holiday part 5 ... National Trust Glendurgan




Our final visit to a National Trust garden during our holiday was to Glendurgan gardens.  I think personally we saved the best til last.

Glendurgan House is set high up on a hill with its garden set into a deep valley. Winding leafy pathways snake down to a small hamlet and stony beach to the Helford River.

At each of the National Trust properties we have been to, there has been a well thought out children's trail  for the boys to complete. A little leaflet and pencil was handed to them at the reception. It sparked an instant interest and were eager to look for clue's along the way.  Ticking off when they saw a prickly plant or counting how many palm trees lined a certain walk.

With this trail in mind, my two happily bound on through gardens searching for the next item to tick off, leaving Dan and I to wander and enjoy the tranquillity.

At Glendurgan, halfway down the valley there is a quite fabulous maze. Twisty, organic in shape, with a palm fringed hut in the centre that made me think of South East Asia.  Charlie and Rufus ran happily through the maze and reached the centre with a cheer.

Down through the garden we came across the small stony beach and the estuary of the Helford River. The water was glassy and flat, quite unlike the wildness of the Atlantic Ocean at Sennen Cove. Dan taught the boys to skim stones, but apparently chucking massive ones in with a loud splash is far more fun!

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