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Helford, Lizard Peninsula

A Wondrous River & Historic Houses

The Helford River is amongst of the most unspoilt rivers in Cornwall, with its deep sheltered valleys, ancient oak forests and tidal creeks. A water taxi crosses between north and south banks of the river, those who take the short journey can explore the gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan, which are full of sub-tropical plants, as well as the famous Ferryboat Inn.

Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Frenchman’s Creek, tells the story of pirates here during the Napoleonic Wars. This was her only romantic novel, and viewed early in the morning with the sea mist over the still water you can understand why. The famous creek can be found by walking along a wooded track from the top of Helford Village.

Today the Helford is a haven of historic grand houses, many of which are owned by celebrities, and a renowned sailing club. One of the grandest houses in the area is on the Trelowarren Estate, which is even recorded in the Domesday Book. Since 1426, the manor house has been occupied by the Vyvyan family.

Nearby Gweek is better known for its Seal Sanctuary, where injured seals are nursed back to health before being returned to their natural environment. The sanctuary also has resident Grey Seals, Common Seals, Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions, Goats, Ponies and Otters.

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