Helford River Walk
This circular walk follows a section of the South West Coast Path along the lovely Helford River in Cornwall. The popular estuary includes pretty creeks, old churches, nice beaches and lovely coastal views over Falmouth Bay.
The walk starts at Helford Point where you can catch a ferry between Helford and Helford Passage. You head east, passing along the pretty harbour to Treath. You continue to Bosahan Cove and The Gew before coming to Dennis Head. There's lovely views over Falmouth Harbour from here.
The route then turns west past Gillan Harbour where you will soon come to St Anthony-in-Meneage. The medieval parish church has a tower and font which dates from the 15th century.
The route continues west to the small village of Manaccan where there is another interesting old church. The entrance dates from the Norman period while the rest of the structure is of the 13th and 15th centuries. The church is well known for its 250 year old fig-tree which is growing out of the western part of the south wall of the church.
After leaving Manaccan the walk returns to Helford, passing through woodland on the way.
To extend the walk catch the pedestrian ferry over the river to Helford Passage. Here you can visit two lovely riverside gardens at Glendurgan Garden and Trebah Garden. You can also pick up the coast path on the northern side of the river and follow it east to Mawnan and Rosemullion Head. There's great birdwatching opportunites here with terns, storm petrels and skuas to look out for. The path eventually leads into Falmouth where there's nice walks to Pendennis Point and Pendennis Castle.
A few miles to the south west you can explore the wonderful Lizard National Nature Reserve on Goonhilly Downs. Here you'll find miles of attractive heathland and the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, with its huge iconic satellite dishes which can be seen for miles.