OS Grid ref:- SW 775276
The picturesque and unspoilt fishing hamlet of Durgan is owned by the National Trust and lies on the Helford River around 4 miles (6 km) to the south of the port of Falmouth.
Known in the Cornish language as Dowrgeun, meaning otters, Durgan boasts two south-east facing beaches. Both are grey sand and shingle beaches with lots of small rockpools. There are beautiful views over the river from the beach. There is no lifeguard service, although swimming is safe n this sheltered location.
The hamlet consists of 15 cottages, most of them now owned by the National Trust. Tin used to be shipped from Durgan's historic quay and fish used to be landed before being carried to Falmouth by donkeys. The Ols School House, now a holiday cottage let out by the National Trust, once served as the village school and was later the reading room.
Durgan was once home to Captain George Vancouver, an English officer in the Royal Navy, famous for exploring and chartering North America's northwestern Pacific coastline.
The area around Durgan offers superb walks, the village lies in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches east from St Michael's Mount to the outskirts of Falmouth, and includes the Lizard Peninsula.
The stunning subtropical Glendurgan Garden, owned by the National Trust, is situated at Durgan. A National Trust car park is provide at the top of Glendurgan Gardens, which accesses the beach via the coastal path. The main beach can be reached from the village.
The village hosts its own regatta on the last Sunday in August each year.
From either east or west, take the A390 to Truro and on reaching Truro, follow directions for Falmouth on the A39. Remain on the A39 to Falmouth until reaching the Treliever Roundabout, which is a double roundabout. On the second roundabout take the 2nd left which is the road to Mabe Burnthouse. At Mabe Burnthouse in the village the road bends to the left. Turn right here onto a road signposted to Mawnan Smith. Follow this road for about 3 miles to Mawnan Smith.On arriving at Mawnan Smith follow the road through the village and shortly after the village turn left where signposted to Durgan. Follow this road to the Durgan car park