The River

The Helford River is one of the most beautiful unspoilt parts of Cornwall. Numerous footpaths lead down to the coast path and the little hidden beaches of the North shore. The Ferry at Helford Passage has carried passengers across the river since the Middle Ages. These days it lands near Helford village, home to the Shipwright’s Arms and the Helford River Sailing Club.

The Ferry Boat Inn at Helford Passage sits on a sandy beach and offers good food. Nearby Trebah Garden, a steep wooded ravine full of tree ferns, waterfalls, and rhododendrons, leads down to Polgwidden Cove, famous for its part in the D-day landings. Trebah has an interesting gift shop and their self-service restaurant does a very good lunch.

Helford River Boats, who operate the ferry, have motor and rowing boats for hire. If you prefer to sail, Sailaway at St Anthony offer Drascombe Longboats as well as Wayfayer, Topper and Laser dingies.  Whether you take your boat for a few hours or a few days you’ll find lots of great spots to explore on the river including Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel. You’re welcome to tie-up on our pontoon just below the Duck House. Although Port Navas creek dries out, there’s plenty of water three hours either side of high tide. See Today’s Tides