North Helford coast & countryside

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Sheltered coves, rockpools and lovely woods

Look out for

  • Relics of the Second World War on the cliffs and beaches
  • Strands of eel-grass growing on the riverbed or washed up on beaches
  • Fishing boats and sailor's yachts coming and going
  • Mawnan Old Church with its floral decorations and lovely views
  • Evergreen oak woodlands at Mawnan Old Church
  • A range of wildflowers, especially at Rosemullion head
  • Local gig rowing teams training and racing in the river
  • Sheltered valleys with bluebells and Cornish gardens

Making the most of the area

Step out on a coastal walk

Short stroll or half-day ramble? There are great local walking options. © National Trust

From the half-day North Helford walk to the short Bosloe to the beach stroll, there are lots of options to choose from if you're looking for a good ramble next to the river. Download a walk, grab your walking boots and head for the beaches and headland.

Where to park

Find a place to park and step out into the coast and countryside © Ian Shaw

Our main countryside car park is at Bosveal (SW774277) which is open daily all year round.

There's a small lay-by to access Bream Cove at Nansidwell (SW784283). When there aren't services on, there's parking at Mawnan Old Church (SW787272) for a £2 donation.

Places to stay

Become Lord or Lady of the manor at Bosveal © John Millar

With Glendurgan and Trebah gardens nearby, the seaside town of Falmouth a short drive or walk away and lots to do on the river, our holiday cottages are great bases for exploring.

Choose from a range of great walking bases and romantic retreats - and for groups there's the grand Bosloe House.

Stunning views from high up places

Look from lush green hilltops up the Helford river

Enjoy breathtaking views upriver and out to Falmouth bay from high points on the North Helford coastline.

Wandering out to the top of Toll Point (SW783268) gives dramatic 180 degree views of the Helford river.

Discover wildlife living in rockpools

At low tide there are lots of rockpools of different sizes and shapes to explore at Nansidwell beach (SW791284).

If you look into rockpools in the sheltered waters of the Helford river you'll spot all sorts of wildlife.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Around the North Helford coast and countryside you'll be able to accomplish some of our 50 things to do before you're 11¾. From rockpooling to rolling down a hill, start your adventure here.