Kiosk corner on the beach at Helford Passage is THE place to start when finding out what to do on the river and how to go about it.
Ian and the team at Helford River Boats run the kiosk, the ferry over to Helford, a boat hire service (all boats named after the seven dwarfs!), kayak rental and sell crabbing kit, buckets and spades and amazing ice creams to boot.
They will advise on where to go when (including tide times) and recommend the perfect picnic or bbq spot.
It’s best to have a look at their website to see what they offer or give them a buzz on 01326 250770. All services are based from the kiosk down at Helford Passage.
The Helford really is best seen from the water and mainstream services (i.e. ferries) only go as far inland as Helford Village itself. The river and creeks further upstream are unspoilt, mysterious, romantic and full of wildlife. It’s a very safe and novice friendly water to navigate except in an Easterly but they won’t let you go if it looks at all unsafe.
Points of particular interest are
- Frenchman’s Creek (made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s book of the same name),
- Tremayne Quay which was built by Sir Richard Vyvyan in 1847 anticipating a visit from Queen Victoria. She never actually came to the quay which is now owned by the National Trust. It’s a great place to visit by boat for a picnic or an overnight camp.
- Port Navas: location of the former Duchy Oyster Farm which is now under new stewardship. It’s a very lovely village to jump off at and is home to what is arguably the smallest yacht club in the world, the Port Navas Yacht Club:
For more ideas on where to go on the river, have a look at the Helford River website.