In The Area


The Helford River in West Cornwall is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled estuaries in the country. The waters are clean, the banks undeveloped and peace and quiet abounds.

The Beach at Trebah, at the foot of the renowned sub-troopical gardens

Helford in the Spring and Summer is about family holidays as they used to be; kids rock-pooling, splashing in the shallows, sailing dinghies, whilst the adults watch on from the terrace of the Shipwrights Arms or the Ferryboat Inn. There is plenty of really good accommodation on both sides of the river, mostly self-catering cottages and you can stay within 20 metres of the water’s edge. The pace really slows when you get down to the River, the urgency goes from life and you could easily spend a week on the Helford without ever getting in the car. There is amazing walking, 2 pubs, fishing, sailing, swimming and birdwatching right on  your door-step. The pedestrian ferry will take you across tothe other side giving you a whole new area to explore. Or you can just sit on the pub terrace, have a pint and read the newspaper. For those that prefer an effortless holiday, try the Budock Vean Hotel, 4* accommodation, first class service, full spa facilities including an outdoor hot-tub, and a golf course for those who enjoy chasing small white balls around the countryside! The Budock Vean Hotel also has four luxurious self-catering cottages available to rent, each with full use of the Hotel’s facilities.

                                 The Budock Vean Hotel; you couldn’t find a better spot to escape to.

Why not hire a small boat from Nick at Helford River Boats for the day, time it so you have high tide and get to explore the whole river, up Frenchman’s Creek, Port Navas, Polwheveral, Mawgan Creek. Have a picnic on Tremayne Quay, allegedly built for a visit from Queen Victoria which never happened. Go right up to the top of the river at Gweek. Or head towards the sea and explore the sandy beaches between the moorings and the river mouth, have a BBQ on Bosahan (pronounced Bozane) or Grebe Beach, take the boat round to Gillan Creek and St Anthony. You could easily spend a couple of days just exploring the river, picnicking and doing a bit of fishing.


   Unbeatable Views and the finest of food at the Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage.

 Alternatively, send the girls off to the nationally acclaimed Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens whilst the boys go for a days wrecking on the Blue Pointer (or vice-versa!).

Trebah Gardens in the spring

The Helford after the Summer is a different place altogether. As the evenings draw in, the Pub’s fires get lit and the chatter from the beach is gradually replaced by by the shrieks and pips of the Curlews, Turnstones and Oyster Catchers. The boats leave their moorings (not our boat!) for their Winter home on Gweek Quay and the River returns to what is would have looked like a thousand years ago. Wrap up warm and take a wander along the Coast Path, go for a day’s Codding on the Blue Pointer.

Enjoy a blast of the freshest of airs before taking refuge in the pub for the evening for a warm fire, a good pint and a steak and oyster pie.

                                              A spot of fishing and messing around on the river…

                                                         … followed by an evening in the pub



Why Are We The Best?

If we are not the best charter outfit around, we want to know why!

Unlike some ports, Helford Village and Helford Passage don't have a huge amount of passing trade so we have to be good. We have great fishing and very sheltered waters meaning we get out more than most boats in Cornwall and fish in very good conditions only.

We think the reason people come back time and time again is not because we always fill the boat with enormous fish, but because of the way we run the boat and the business.

  • All bookings are confirmed in writing and can be receipted
  • We don't promise trips that we can't fulfill only to cancel in the morning we were supposed to go
  • We almost always call the weather the night before
  • We return ALL calls and emails promptly, whether we can help or not
  • We never short change anyone on time
  • Gear losses and fuel burned always come second to catching fish and having a good day
  • We take the business seriously but the fishing is always relaxed

"We can't control the fish or the weather but we can do our best to get the rest right"