Helford River is a picturesque river on the east coast of the Lizard peninsula, South West of Falmouth and Cornwall the land of contrasts conjures up another magic spell at this destination. The gentle ebb and flow of the tree lined river give this area an idyllic gentleness that contrasts greatly with some of the more dramatic scenes and coastlines elsewhere. Hidden amongst the narrow winding roads are a number of villages/ hamlets such as Constantine, Mawgan, Mawnan Smith and Gweek the current home of the seal sanctuary.
Daphne DuMaurier named and based her book Frenchman's Creek about smuggling in one of the creeks.Helford River is an exclusive area of Cornwall with a number of homes having private moorings, but there are still cottages to hire.
The roads are notoriously narrow so driving should be with the utmost care. One of the better ways to explore is by boat and there are a number of trips from Falmouth.