Lose yourself in the maze at Glendurgan Gardens or discover the fascinating WW11 history of Trebah Gardens, both are within a 15 minute walk / 1 mile from the centre of Mawnan Smith.
http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk // 01326 252200
World famous Trebah Garden is just a short drive (or walk along the road) from Mawnan Smith and is open daily throughout the year. Steeped in history as the place from which many Americans departed for the D-Day Landings (in 1944, the beach was used as an embarkation point for a regiment of 7,500 of the 29th US Infantry Division for the assault landing on Omaha beach) Trebah gardens showcase a true Cornish Valley Gardens whilst the restaurant serves up good food. It’s a great place to visit, still family run and the ice creams on their private beach are fabulous in hot weather.
Trebah is dog friendly.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan-garden //01326 252020
Run by the National Trust, Glendurgan Garden is another valley garden on the Helford River and is located next to Trebah. Glendurgan is ideal for children with it’s Amazing Maze and seasonal activities that will appeal to all ages. The valley garden runs down to the picturesque village of Durgan, on the banks of the Helford River. In the summer, the old fish house serves up wonderful ice cream tubs.
From their website: “There are three valleys of Glendurgan to lose yourself in – full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants.
Big leaves and exotic flowers thrive in the jungle-like lower valley and sun-loving specimens enjoy the upper banks. In spring thousands of wildflowers carpet the sloping sides of this steep valley.
Wandering through the garden leads down to the unspoilt hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles.
Walking back up from Durgan you can find a boat-seat, a gigantic tulip-tree and ponds teeming with wildlife. You can also learn about the Fox family who created this ‘small peace of heaven on earth.’
The maze has been foxing people for over 180 years. Who will be first to reach the middle of our living puzzle?”