Porth Sawsen

The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Porth Sawsen (Porth Saxon) being one of them. It’s small boathouse and typical Helford fauna make it a picture postcard setting and the large slate pebbles fall away to grey sand at lower tides. It proximity to the river mouth means that it can be susceptible to easterly winds during the winter months. The water is safe for swimming but be aware that this is a river and some currents will occur so weaker swimmers should stay close to the shore. Due to its distance from the more popular riverside spots such as Durgan, the secluded shore of Porth Sawsen is relatively quiet and ideal for uninterrupted picnics. Excellent walking opportunities can be had along the banks of the Helford with small but defined footpaths leading east and west. Take a short walk west towards Durgan and get a pint at the Ferryboat Boat Inn, Helford Passage. Alternatively, head eastward up to Rosemullion Head for impressive vistas across Falmouth bay and the whole River.

Dog friendly.

No lifeguards on duty.

Directions: Head towards the North Helford and follow signs to Mawnan Smith. Take the back road from Mawnan to Maenporth and park in the Carwinion Playing Fields car park. Take the wide footpath to the side of Carwinion Gardens down to Porth Sawsen.

Secret beach location: 50.102552,-5.104866