The Helford River


The Helford River is a delightful unspoilt estuary stretching from the outer edge of Falmouth Bay up to the old port of Gweek.

In the broad lower reaches open fields run down to a rocky shore dotted with little beaches. On the north bank the beautiful valley gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah lead down to Durgan village and Polwigwidden Cove; famous for its part in the D-day embarkation.

Where the river narrows, Helford on the south shore and Helford Passage on the north are still linked by a pedestrian ferry that has been in operation since the Middle Ages. This part of the river is now largely given over to yacht moorings, with a handful of active fishing boats.

Around the corner is Port Navas, where hugh granite blocks were once loaded for shipment to London and beyond. Further up river, past the oyster beds and beyond Frenchman’s Creek to the south and Polwheveral to the north, ancient oak woods line the banks creating a truly timeless atmosphere.

Helford River Moorings

Helford River Moorings

Helford River Sailing Club

Helford Sailing Club

Helford River Sailing Club

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust

The mission of the HRCST is to make a positive difference in the lives of children by enabling them to gain confidence for life through learning to sail and row at an early age, professionally supported by instructors and volunteers and with facilities provided to enable all to participate.

HRCST web site


The Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area was designated in 1987 to help protect the rich and varied marine life of this beautiful estuary.

The aims are to encourage people to become more involved with the marine environment and to work together to conserve it.

HVMCA web site