• National Trust Gardens
  • Ferry boat service
  • Lovely quayside pubs

The Helford is probably one of the most unspoilt rivers in Cornwall. Located on the western edge of the Lizard Peninsula, Helford village used to be an important port. Trading ships once bought rum, tobacco and lace to this tiny little village on the banks of the river. It used to be a haven for smugglers and pirates and Daphne du Maurier wrote Frenchmen’s Creek based on this area which is where she spent her honeymoon.

In the Helford Passage the Ferryboat Inn is well worth a visit both in the summer to sit outside and watch all the activity on the water or to snuggle up in front of the fire in the autumn and while away a lazy lunchtime. The local Helford River Ferry will carry you across or take you on a trip to the Oyster Farm at Port Navas where you can buy freshly caught local Cornish oysters – beautiful!

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit The Helford and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

At the Head of the Helford River is Gweek, containing a boat building and repair centre, and the Gweek seal sanctuary, where injured Atlantic grey seals are nursed back to health before being released to the freedom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The beautiful gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan should not be missed too. It was from the beach at Trebah that a regiment of 7,500 men of the 29 US Infantry Division with their tanks, guns and transport embarked from Trebah Beach in ten 150 foot flat-bottomed landing craft and on to the D Day assault.

The sub-tropical gardens benefit from the milder climate here, which means that there are no sharp drops in temperature, frosts or snow. Palms, ferns, magnolias and camellias are simply stunning in the spring when warm sunny days can feel like the middle of summer.

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