Helford River Cruising Guide

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The idyllic Helford River is a large, peaceful estuary well known for its scenic beauty and a popular destination for cruising boats and tourists alike.  It is hard to believe this was historically a trading port as it is probably one of the most unspoilt places in Cornwall, with ancient woods running down to the sea and hidden creeks just made for exploring.  One of these creeks was immortalised in Daphne Du Maurier's novel Frenchman's Creek.  If you are seduced by the charm of the Helford River and are tempted to linger, you can explore the woods and creeks by tender or on foot with the pedestrian ferry linking the north and south banks of the river to assist you.  You can also visit beaches and several nearby gardens, as well as a couple of welcoming pubs to just relax and enjoy the scenery.

The Helford River is sheltered from most winds, except easterlies when the swell reaches as far as Frenchman's Creek.  The waters are an important area for marine life, having been declared a Voluntary Marine Conservation Area, and there is a commercial oyster fishery here.  Please don't pollute the water in any way or disturb the sand and mud flats.  The river is also a designated Bass nursery area and there are restrictions on fishing.  Please observe the 6 knot speed limit with minimal wash to avoid disturbing the marine life and prevent erosion of the banks.

Helford River Berthing

Helford River Moorings, VHF Ch M (Moorings Officer)
Helford Passage, Falmouth TR11 5LB - +44(0)1326 250749
Mooring office can be found on the north side of the river by the Ferry Boat Inn

Visitor mooring buoys are either green or have green pick up buoys and are labelled with maximum LOA.  Available from 1 April to 31 October.  Rafting is essential in high season.  Seasonal rental of moorings is also possible - see website for application process.

Port Navas Yacht Club
Port Navas TR11 5RJ - +44(0)1326 340065
Water, toilets, showers, bar, restaurant, moorings - visitors welcome

Off Polgwidden Cove or east of Voose Rocks

No anchoring east of Durgan bay due to eelgrass beds or in the river west of Port Navas Creek due to oyster beds


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Helford River Landing

The pontoons on the south side of the river are privately owned but may be used for landing.  The owners are grateful for assistance with their upkeep and an honesty box is provided.

The ferry landing stage at Helford Point may also be used for landing but do not leave tenders here or anywhere that may impede the operation of the ferry.

Helford River Water Taxis

Helford Ferry, VHF Ch M
May also be contacted via the Moorings Officer

Helford River Weather

Met Office
Inshore waters forecast for Lyme Regis to Land's End including the Isles of Scilly