When you think of Cornwall, you think of the challenging coastline, but there are some wonderful inland places to wander, too, for a dramatic change of scene. Take the village of Helford Passage (or Treth Heyl in Cornish) which offers an exceptional estuary setting, with the benefit of a ferry across to Helford itself, and the famous Ferry Boat Inn.
The Helford River wends its way to the sea between The Lizard and Falmouth. It is super-scenic with an array of quiet beaches and villages like Helford Passage, to explore. You get a taste of it immortalised in Daphne du Maurier’s book, Frenchman’s Creek, though these days there are no pirates – but there is stunning tranquillity at the small beaches lining the river’s path, beautifully fringed by woodland. Peace is yours for the asking here.
The river is fine for water sports, such as kayaking, but for the quieter souls, then check out Helford Village across the river, walking, birdwatching and the gorgeous sub-tropical gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan. You will be struck by its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife, such as egrets in the mud at low tide and deer in the woods.
Then, of course, there are plenty of restaurants and inns for some mighty fine dining. If you enjoy fishing or walking, this is just the area for you, while there is also plenty for children to enjoy, such as a visit to the wonderful Flambards. Or discover the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek for rescued seals – entertaining but also raising environmental awareness.