Helford Passage Beach

Helford Passage is a small hamlet on the north side of the River Helford, directly opposite the village of Helford in Cornwall. The Helford River has long been recognised for its beauty, as well as its geological and biological importance. It exhibits almost 50km of stunning coastline, from rocky shores to muddy creeks, where unspoiled woodland and rolling fields meet the Atlantic. The small greyish sand beach at the foot of the Ferryboat In is accessible at both high and low tide often full of activity due to the coming and going of boats, tenders and the ferry. This means that if you are searching for a quiet spot to yourself, this isn’t it, but what it lacks in solitude it makes up for in character. From Easter through to October, 7 days a week, a small pedestrian ferry transports visitors and locals across the river between Helford Village and Helford Passage. Taking roughly 10 minutes per crossing, the ferry crossings have been running continuously since the middle ages. Back then it was a vital link for transportation of local produce on its way to the markets in Falmouth. Excellent walking opportunities can be had along the north banks of the Helford with small but defined footpaths leading east and west. Take a short walk east towards Polgwidden, Durgan and up to Rosemullion Head for impressive vistas across Falmouth bay and the whole River. There are excellent facilities just behind the beach that offer the option of hiring water craft and sinking a cold pint in the pub.

Dog friendly.

No lifeguards on duty.

Directions: Head toward the North Helford and follow signs to Mawnan Smith. After leaving the village continue pas the Glendurgan entrance and onward to Helford Passge. You will find a small car park to the right as you roll down the hill into the hamlet.

Secret beach location: 50.099909,-5.129199