Being easy to reach by road from Falmouth, Helford Passage is the busiest and more commercial part of the Helford River. Activity centres on the Ferry Boat Inn, which has a lively bar serving pub food, as well as an up-market restaurant. There is also a pleasant coastal footpath leading to Durgan via Polgwidden Cove.
Garden-lovers can follow the road up the hill for just over half a mile to the entrance to the 25-acre Trebah Gardens. Open daily, the sub-tropical gardens, with their four miles of footpath, feature exotic plants, tree ferns, waterfalls, rhododendrons and azaleas, along with adventure play areas, children’s trails and special events.
In 1944, 7,500 men of the 29th US Infantry Division embarked from Polgwidden Cove as part of the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy, where they suffered terrible casualties. A memorial at the bottom of Trebah Gardens commemorates the courage of the American soldiers.