I have always wanted to visit Heligan since I watched a TV series on the restoration some years ago.
The estate has been in the Tremayne family for over 4 centuries.
The original 'lost gardens' were only discovered in 1990 and all that you see today has been restored since then.
The Mud Woman - just one of several quirky bits on the way in
There is much of interest in this garden but it was The Jungle that was the attraction for us
but first lunch in their great restaurant where everything is grown here, or bought in locally
It is situated on, and at the bottom of two steep hillsides and has it's own climate
There were steps in places but much of it was steep paths amongst the vegetation
To think that this has all been planted/restored in 24 years is incredible
Well this was scary
Obviously I could not photograph it all and we had a very long and steep walk back to the restaurant area by which time I felt I could not walk another step
However after some strong tea and a short rest I felt recovered enough to visit another cove close by which I will cover in my next post