Above: Views from Helford Passage
On a beautiful summer’s day we decided to head down to the Helford river and explore firstly Helford Passage, followed by the pretty village of Helford on the opposite bank. Situated on the south coast of Cornwall near Helston and Falmouth, the Helford River is an estuary, and there are many interesting tidal creeks, including Frenchman’s Creek, which is accessible on foot from Helford village. (Daphne Du Maurier used it as a setting for her famous book of the same name.)
Above left: One of the beaches at Helford Passage Right: the main launching beach at Helford Passage
At Helford Passage you can take a small ferry boat across to the village of Helford, but it is expensive. If there is more than one of you it would be cheaper to drive round to Helford and pay for parking, which is reasonable and free in the evening. Although not far from the large bustling port of Falmouth, you really feel you are away from the stresses and strains of the world here, in a magical place where time has stood still. You will see families pottering about in small boats and kayaks, we even saw a boy with a rowing boat and his dog, what a nice change from spending all day phone fiddling and facebooking. That could be you! No wonder The Famous Five books have never lost their charm…..
Above left: Cottages at Helford Passage Right: Looking across to Helford Village
There is a pub at Helford Passage, (the tables get reserved quickly for lunch and evenings), and there is a cheap car park, which soon becomes filled in the summer holidays, but there is parking on the road at the top of the hill before the village, if you don’t mind the shady walk down. Dogs are not allowed on the main beach, where you can launch small boats etc for a fee, but further around there are more beaches to access where you can walk your dog (don’t get cut off by the tide – remember it is a tidal estuary!) Nearby is the National Trust garden of Glendurgan which wends its way down to Durgan village, a delightful walk along the cliff path from Helford Passage. Further up the river is Trebah Garden (accessible from the main road). Both gardens are filled with subtropical trees and plants.
Above left: Woody the giant sausage enjoying the beach at Helford Passage. Right: The River Helford
The peaceful small village of Helford itself is nestled in a sheltered back water of the Helford River and has pretty thatched cottages and wonderful views from footpaths around the coast path. There is a pub, which can become very busy, and a delicatessen serving snacks and ice creams, a complete Godsend!
Below: In and around Helford Village
Above: At Helford Passage, you can park on the road at the top of the hill before the village, if the car park is full. There is no on road parking on the river front.
Most people fall in love with Helford and the surrounding area at first sight. How expensive are homes here? Well, Helford Passage has celebrity status, Queen drummer Roger Taylor has a home here. At Helford Village, prices range from £350,000 for a 2 bed apartment, up to £1,750,000 for a 4 bed detached house, both have amazing river views. The remote ‘other worldy’ feel of the area and the ability to ‘mess about in your boat’ will ensure properties will keep their value.
Above: grand houses, many with Arts and Crafts styling, overlooking the estuary at Helford Passage, including Roger Taylor’s.
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