Helford, Falmouth & Penryn
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Helford Village & Helford Passage
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.
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 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
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.
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
Fal River Festival
Falmouth Beer Festival
Falmouth Oyster Festival
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