Helford, the River and The Riverside Boats
Helford is situated on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula - a gloriously unspoilt and uncrowded part of Cornwall. As the UK's most southerly location, and with the influence of the Gulf Stream, the weather tends to be milder here than in the rest of Britain.
The picturesque village is built around a Creek off the Helford River and enjoys restricted access to traffic, ensuring that it remains peaceful all year round. It is small and delightfully free from tourist shops, boasting only the real necessities i.e. The Shipwrights which has recently been refurbished by the new owners; a friendly shop selling local produce, deli items and staples; the café, Holy Mackerel, is a gem and well worth a visit (it’s in the old chapel between The Riverside and the public car park) and the Sailing Club which we recommend guests join as temporary members, do call them on 01326 231006.
The Helford River is tidal and taking to its waters is a magical experience.
The Riverside boats are available between April and the end of October (depending on the weather, of course). Camilla James is a Cygnus 19 riverboat (+ Lulu the tender), which can be utilised, for fishing, as well as for exploring the wonders of the river. Spend time discovering hidden creeks and beaches, including the famous Frenchman's Creek (immortalised by Daphne du Maurier), which is impossible to get to by road, accessible on foot, but even easier by boat! Or moor at Durgan and walk up through the hamlet (owned by the National Trust) to Glendurgan (with its intriguing maze) and then on to beautiful Trebah gardens (which now boasts an excellent café and art gallery in addition to the garden shop).
Sailaway at St Anthony, who run the boats, will give you a "Boats Briefing" on your first morning and will lend you life jackets/buoyancy aids. Sailaway rent out sailing dinghies and kayaks so do call them for more information – 01326 231357.