The Helford River is the soft side of the Lizard, far removed
from the ragged cliffs and treeless heath. Here you can find secluded
villages, sub-tropical gardens and waterside taverns where you can relax
and watch the river flow.
Take one look at the mysterious winding inlet of Frenchman's
Creek, and you'll know why Daphne du Maurier used it as the setting for
her romantic tale of piracy and smuggling. The creek is best reached by
a footpath, indeed much of the area can only be enjoyed on foot. Explore
by car and you'll get mere tantalising glimpses of this tranquil wooded
Peaceful villages stowaway in the folds of this landscape.
Explore Helford, with its riverside inn; the ancient churches of Mawgan,
Manaccan and St Anthony; and Gweek, once a Roman port, today a charming
clutter of boatyards and quays, and home to the renowned Seal Sanctuary.
From the pretty villages of Constantine and Mawgan, you can meander down
gladed footpaths to creeks such as Porth Navas or Polwheveral with their
oyster beds and yacht moorings.
Strike north from Mawnan Smith to the lush gardens of Penjerrick.
or south for the sub-tropical gardens sloping gently to the river at Glendurgan
and Trebah. Take a stroll along the shore of Durgan, a tiny hamlet which
lived on fishing for centuries, or simply pass an idle hour at Helford
Passage watching the boats coming and going. At the Argal and College
Waterpark, you can enjoy good coarse fishing, a variety of watersports
and excellent amenities with picnic and play areas for the children.