Helford, Falmouth & Penryn

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Helford Village & Helford Passage

Helford village and Helford Passage are situated on opposite sides of the Helford River. The river provides great shelter from the southwesterly prevailing winds, however is not so pleasant in an easterly wind. Helford has a sailing club with a slipway so is a good launch point to explore the river by boat. There is a ferry that travels to and from Helford village and Helford Passage.
Along the river from Helford is Frenchmans Creek which was made famous by Daphne du Maurier.
There are commercial fishing boats working from Helford but the majority of boats in the river are pleasure craft.

St Anthony in Meneage

St Anthony is a small village situated in Gillan Creek, a creek at the entrance to the Helford River.

St Anthony is an ideal sailing location and is home to a variety of yachts and small boats.

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Gweek is at the head of the Helford River. It was once a very busy port both during the pilchard fishing era and also as an export point for the local ores mined nearby. Nowadays Gweek is still an important centre for boat building and repairs.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is situated at Gweek, a tourist attraction whose main aim is to rescue injured seal pups and when possible to return them to the wild.


Durgan is a small hamlet situated on the north bank of the Helford River.
The beach at Durgan is great for families and as a base for watersports.

Porth Navas

Porth Navas creek is home to an oyster farm where Cornish oysters and mussels can be bought. Porth Navas is very picturesque.

Sea Fishing in Helford area

The Helford River produces good sized mullet, big bream on lower stretches of the river. You can also catch various flatfish with good sized plaice being amongst them. Bass, pollack and mackerel can also be caught in the river. However, if catching bass beware that Helford is a spawning area for bass and there is a size limit on estuarine bass of 36cm – you are not allowed to keep bass caught in the river under this size.

Festivals and Regattas in Helford area

Helford Passage Regatta

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Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth Harbour and Carrick Roads are a large natural harbour which was formed in the ice age. It has a busy ship repair yard and is probably the busiest harbour in Cornwall. It is a very popular boating area and is popular amongst tourists. Falmouth is the home of the National Maritime Museum and the adjacent events square hosts many festivals during the year.


Swanpool is a lovely sandy cove and freshwater lake, separated only by narrow section of land with the road running along it.

The lake is home to many different species of birds and other wildlife due to the mixed habitats of saltwater and freshwater.

Swanpool is situated between Maenporth and Gyllyngvase Beach.


Maenporth is a cove situated between the Helford River and Falmouth. It has a lovely sandy beach which provides shallow waters for swimming making it ideal for families.

There are launching facilities at the beach making it equally ideal for watersports.

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Gyllyngvase Beach is a large curved beach on the south side of Falmouth. The road running along the back of the beach is the location of several larger hotels, many of them built in the early 1900s.

The beach slopes gently and is mainly sand but with some rock pools too making it a great family destination.

Sea Fishing in Falmouth area

The piers at Falmouth produce a variety of different fish, especially during the evening, including bass, pollack, whiting, mullet and flatfish. These piers are also a great place to catch prawns using a baited drop net.

Festivals and Regattas in Falmouth area

Falmouth Spring Festival
Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival
Falmouth Week
Fal River Festival
Falmouth Beer Festival
Falmouth Oyster Festival


Penryn is a tidal river off the River Fal. It is mainly used by small pleasure boats and the occasional fishing boat.

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Flushing a small village on the opposite side of the river to Falmouth. It is home to a small number of fishing boats.


Mylor has a large yachting marina and is therefore a popular destination for sailors. It is very pretty.

Sea Fishing in Flushing and Mylor area

Many different species of flat fish can be caught in this area. Large mullet and numerous school bass can also be caught here.

Festivals and Regattas in Flushing and Mylor area

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