Durgan Beach

Durgan Beach
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Set at the foot of the valley containing the sub-tropical gardens of Glendurgan is the tiny village of Durgan. Consisting of a clutch of cottages (mostly owned by the National Trust) Durgan overlooks the Helford river with stunning vistas in all directions. 

 The beach at Durgan is a pleasant mix of grey sand and shingle with plenty of rocks and rockpools at either end to keep everyone occupied. Whilst swimming is fairly safe in this sheltered location one should be aware there is no lifeguard service. 

 Durgan has a strong boating tradition and there is a slipway running down the beach along with moorings just offshore. It is also home to the annual Durgan Regatta on the last Sunday in August.

Type of beach

Sand and shingle

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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TR11 5JR

OS grid ref.

SW 7734 2725


There is a National Trust car park at the top of the valley with an attractive half mile walk down to the beach and village.

Durgan Beach Reviews (1)

Respect Durgan

Sam Baker

Jul 17th 2022

Nice place spoilt by people taking advantage of it.

No vehicles allowed down the hill - yet the emergency service/passing lay-by’s are full and the resulting back & forth snarl ups to Durgan are atrocious.

The car park is at the top of the hill, it’s cheap, accessible and run by the National Trust.

It’s a shame that the ‘wild swimming’ surge, location pins on social media and the Uni have turned this area into a theme park.