Penarvon Cove

Penarvon Cove is a very well hidden niche on the wild southern banks of the River Helford, near the village of Manaccan 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 beach is made up from the characteristic angular slated shingle and grey sand that dominates most of the beaches on the river. Often overlooked due to the fact that people just don’t know it even exists, its an exceptionally quiet retreat compared to the busier neighbouring spots of Helford Village and Helford Passage across the water. Just round the corner to the west and within walking distance from Penarvon beach is Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s historical novel, set in west Cornwall during the reign of Charles II.

Dog friendly.

No lifeguards on duty.

Directions: Park in Helford Village and take the footpath west along the bank of the river. Alternatively, park on the other side of the river at Helford Passage and take the passenger ferry across the river.

Secret beach location: 50.094472,-5.138662