Sailing and kayaking on the Helford River
Sheltered from the worst storms and with many places to discover along its route, the Helford River is a great place to explore on the water. Here is everything you need to know about getting – and staying – afloat on the river.
Launching a boat from Durgan
Durgan is a small village with a single-lane access road, therefore it is advisable to launch from here only if you'd like to access this stretch of water, otherwise it’s easier from other local beaches and slipways.
Boat users must be considerate towards the residents of Durgan when taking their vehicles and boats into the village. All trailers and vehicles must be left in Bosveal car park 700 yards up the hill (£4 all-day parking charge - free for National Trust members).
- A day launch permit is £2 for a kayak/canoe or £6 for other boats. Payment for a day launch can be made to a team member at the entrance of Glendurgan Garden or the Fish Cellar, when open.
- An annual launch permit is available.
Storing a boat and boating equipment
There are a limited number of boat and locker storage spaces available in Durgan.
There is presently a waiting list for this storage, but if you’d like your name added to the waiting list, please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moorings off Durgan
We don't operate any moorings on the Helford River but you'll find information about visitor and seasonal moorings on the Helford River Moorings website, as well as a guide to services available to visiting yachtsman, pilot information for the river and some more general info about the river and local by-laws.
There are wooded valleys and secluded beaches waiting to be explored on foot in Bosveal's undulating landscape leading out to Falmouth Bay. Find out more about its best walks.
The North Helford ranger team looks after three miles of the South West Coast Path plus many acres of meadow. Explore how they carry out their important conservation work
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