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The Helford River, or estuary as someone recently corrected me on in one of our YouTube videos is one of the most breath-taking rivers we've stopped in so far. There are a few places which you can anchor in and the holding was good in both of the spots we stayed in.
The first was further up the river, just past the last of the moorings and just before the 'oyster farm' which is located in most pilot books. From here it's quite a dingy ride to get to somewhere to land in order to get to any kind of shops, but we found ourselves heading to the Helford River sailing club and using their pontoons and in return we dropped some coins into their honesty box.
You have a couple of lovely pubs on either side of the river and once again some of the most idyllic walks to be found along the south coast.
Our Stay on the Helford River
Helford River Anchorage
Hanks Walk in Helford River
5 Fun Facts About Helford River Anchorage
Idyllic Natural Setting: Helford River Anchorage is located on the Helford River, a picturesque estuary on the south coast of Cornwall, England. The river is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, with wooded valleys, lush greenery, and tranquil waters that make it a haven for boaters, kayakers, and nature lovers.
Historic Maritime Connections: The Helford River has a rich maritime history, and the anchorage played a crucial role in supporting local fishing, trade, and smuggling activities in the past. The river's sheltered waters and hidden coves made it an ideal location for smugglers to bring in contraband goods, avoiding detection.
Diverse Wildlife and Conservation: The Helford River and its estuary are designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The area is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including rare and protected ones. Visitors can observe seals, dolphins, birdlife, and explore the diverse marine ecosystems found along the river.
Frenchman's Creek: One of the highlights of Helford River is Frenchman's Creek, made famous by the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The secluded creek, with its tranquil waters and dense foliage, offers a sense of enchantment and mystery. It's a popular spot for kayaking and boating, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty that inspired the author.
Gardens and Stately Homes: The Helford River is dotted with impressive gardens and stately homes. Trebah Garden and Glendurgan Garden are two notable examples that boast stunning landscapes, exotic plants, and magnificent views over the river. Visitors can explore these well-maintained gardens and enjoy the unique atmosphere they offer.
These facts showcase the natural beauty, historical significance, diverse wildlife, and cultural attractions associated with Helford River Anchorage. It's a captivating destination that combines history, nature, and scenic landscapes, making it a delightful place to explore and appreciate the wonders of Cornwall's coastline.