Helford is a beautifully quaint village in Cornwall and for once, it’s not coastal! It is however water fronted but this perfect place is based on the Helford River and is based down West from Falmouth. The Helford River is a large estuary between Falmouth and The Lizard and the South bank is home to the village of Helford which comes complete with darling thatched cottages, a local pub, small cafe, local shop and a sailing club.
Travelling to Helford is easy but the closer you get to the area, the more narrow the roads become. There’s a clearly signposted carpark at the top of the village where you can pay up and wander down which only takes a few minutes. If you miss the car park, you’ll find yourself trying to turn in the tiny village and fighting with a ford so be sure to spot it!
The village doesn’t offer too much to non staying visitors, other than a lovely stroll by the river, the perfect stop off for any photographers and a lovely lunch in the pub, Shipwrights. On the North bank of the river is Helford Passage where there’s another pub, The Ferryboat, and in season you can hop on a ferry between the two to make more of your day.
Helford Village is now a quiet and sleepy place to stroll but it was once an important port for Cornwall. Rum, tobacco and lace was imported into this village and pirates could be found here. The river is now wonderfully calm and is the perfect place to take a spot of stand up paddle boarding or kayaking if you have the kit.
A perfect day out would be a trip down to Helford for a wander around, hop back in the car or on the ferry over to Helford Passage and a walk down through to Durgan. If the weather approves, take a dip in the river to enjoy the peaceful clear waters!