Helford village is set on the banks of the tranquil Helford River, a popular spot for wildlife and boating enthusiasts. With quiet woodland valleys and Frenchman’s Creek, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier this is a very peaceful walk.
Although you are out in the countryside here there are still things to do close by. Visit the nearby Cornish Seal Sanctuary before or after your walk to fill your day full of Cornish fresh air. Read more about Family Days out on The Lizard for some other ideas near to Helford.
Distance – 3 miles
Time – 2 hours
Difficulty – Easy
Facilities – At start
Parking – In the carpark above Helford village overlooking the estuary
Where to go
Taking a right out of the car park and following the road down into Helford, cross over the footbridge into the village and then bear left up a lane adjacent to the bridge, signposted Manaccan. The lane continues as a public footpath past a large thatched cottage and into a woodland area. The stream will become more visible and the path forks right across the stream, then cross over a small stone stile.
Head through the woodland, over another stile and ascend a field keeping on the right hand side. Go through the gate at the top of the field and go past the left side of Kestle Farm and through a gate reaching the road. Cross the road to the footpath and down the right hand side of the field and through the gate.
Descend along the wide woodland path until reaching a National Trust sign for the Frenchman’s Creek path to the right. Follow along the creek crossing a few footbridges and benches, you may find this a great place to stop for a brew if you’ve pack one.
After passing the last footbridge the path forks, take the right hand path up some steps. After a steady climb you will be rewarded with views across Helford River. Through a kissing gate, then turn right up the lane, at the bow of the hill turn right along a track for Helford via Penarvon Cove.
Cross the cattle grid and turn left, descend following straight at the path fork until you reach the tiny cove. Cross the beach bearing right then take the path on your immediate left climbing away from the cove.
The path bears right next to a wall and through a metal kissing gate. Turn left down the path in front of a white house, then bear right at the bottom past the pub and into Helford Village. Cross the footbridge and head back up to your car.
View the Helford walk route here…
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