Days spent exploring the creeks and trails around the Helford River inspired our latest collection. With the sunlight glinting off the water, it’s simply magical. On a warm, summer afternoon there’s nothing we enjoy more than whiling away a few hours here.
Look out for the Helford herons near the riverbank. These elegant birds inspired one of our favourite prints, which you’ll find on our Bandstand Top, Poldown Skirt and New Everyday Scarf.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do in this area of Cornwall.
Lose yourself in sub-tropical gardens
Trebah Garden is a magical sub-tropical valley garden, rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world. This stunning 25-acre garden is a filled with exotic plants and trees from around the world – from Australasian tree ferns to hydrangeas, rhododendrons and gunnera which sit alongside native species. Wander along winding paths to discover hidden delights before arriving at the private beach on the Helford River. Trebah is open all year round and dogs on leads are welcome.
Explore the river by boat
If you’d prefer to be on the water, you can hire a motor boat, kayaks, or a rowing boat in Helford Passage from Helford River Boats. Alternatively, book a boat trip down the river and let someone else do the hard work while you relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Discover Frenchman’s Creek by kayak
Stories of pirates, smugglers and secrets abound in Cornwall and as you explore this tranquil, tucked-away stretch of water, it’s easy to see how Daphne du Maurier was inspired to write her novel Frenchman’s Creek.
Koru Kayaking run guided kayak adventures of Frenchman’s Creek. Passing sailing ships and ancient woodland, these calm waters are ideal for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. With shipwrecks and secluded beaches just waiting to be discovered, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Visit the Seal Sanctuary
The pretty creekside village of Gweek is home to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Each year, they rescue dozens of injured seal pups, which are rehabilitated at the sanctuary before being released back to the wild. As well as grey seals and common seals, it’s also home to sea lions, penguins and otters. There are daily talks and feeds, plus children’s trails. Dogs on leads are welcome.
There’s been a ferry running from Helford Passage to Helford Village for over 300 years. It originally transported people and goods across the river to market in Falmouth, but today it transports walkers and cyclists instead.
This area is wonderful for walking. One of our favourite routes starts with a trip across the river from Helford Passage. This 6-mile walk offers beautiful views and takes in Frenchman’s Creek and Kestle Barton, which has an outstanding contemporary gallery, honesty box tea hut with light refreshments and a beautiful wildflower meadow and orchard to wander.
There are two fabulous waterfront pubs, Ferry Boat Inn in Helford Passage and the Shipwright’s Arms in Helford Village where you can relax with something cool after your walk. Both serve delicious food using local produce, so the only problem might be choosing which to go to!