The landscape on and around the Lizard Peninsula is really varied and quite special. A favourite place to explore is Trebah Gardens, the subtropical paradise, located on the Falmouth side of the Helford River.
Trebah has it all, 25 acres and over four miles of footpath taking you down the valley past almost fantastical and exotic species to the idyllic beach at the bottom. From 100 year old rhododendrons to giant gunnera this dog friendly garden feels like an adventure. A natural spring cascades into the koi pool surrounded by plants from all over the globe. You can see why Trebah is rated as one of the best 80 gardens in the world!
There are adventure play areas and children’s trails and even an amphitheatre to catch some great outdoor theatre. If you check the website you can see the scheduled performances. Currently you can find Dr Dolittle and coming up in September the Hounds of the Baskervilles!
The private beach at the bottom of the garden is a lovely treat, Polwidden Cove is south facing on the Helford River with views stretching out to the sea beyond. This peaceful beach was once the site for the 29th US Infantry Division's assault landing on Omaha beach. A regiment of 7,500 and part of the D-Day Landings. Today you are more likely to find buckets and spades and paddlers. In the summer months a café is open (built by by the racing driver Donald Healey in the 1960s to store his boats) selling among other things the delicious Roskilly’s ice cream.
You can peruse the visitor centre complete with shop selling beautiful plants and Cornish local treasures, as well as a café with locally sourced food. A great day out for everyone!
Images via Visit Cornwall.
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