Cornwall is known for its beaches and some of our beauties like Gyllingvase in Falmouth, Perranporth and Porthcurno get a lot of air time, but as we look forward to warmer and lighter days we wanted to share a few of our favourite spots that you might be yet to find.
One of these is Grebe beach, next to the tiny and picturesque hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River. Coming off Helford Passage road you’ll find a National Trust carpark at the top of the hill. From here there’s a meandering footpath that takes you to the coast. As you walk through this woodland you know you’re heading somewhere special. Glimpses of the sky through the canopy, along with the rustling of the trees and occasional squirrel make the ten minute walk to the beach worthwhile.
Once you reach the coast you’ll find a relatively steep footpath to the left that takes you to your destination - the small, yet stunning Grebe beach. Here you’ll often find locals enjoying a BBQ by the river. Once you set up you can enjoy a swim or just take in your surroundings. It’s never dull watching the river with working boats, yachts and water enthusiasts taking advantage of the flatter water.
The colours of this water are hard to put into words on a summer’s day. We're not sure if it’s because it’s part of the river or just the way it faces, but the water is sparkling and iridescent, changing in its shades of turquoise that make it hard to leave such a place. If you’ve got kids in tow then the plentiful rocky outcrops provide hours of entertainment, and without having a busy road nearby it’s easy to forget that you’re only ten minutes from Falmouth. We suggest taking a picnic to this beach, regardless of the season, to take in its beauty.
Our Beachcomber collection is inspired by the variety of shells, seaweeds and mussels found on this shoreline. Adding a cushion, lampshade or some of our beautiful Beachcomber linen to your house will bring a piece of the Helford into your own home.
Allison and Rebecca
Image 1: Durgan Hamlet - taken from https://www.thecornishcoast.co.uk/Durgan-Grebe.html
Image 2: Photo taken by Tim Green https://www.flickr.com/photos/atoach/