Something about the Helford River always feels quiet and wild.
Even on a sunny Saturday in August, our trip around the outskirts of Falmouth, through Mawnan Smith and finally down to Durgan and Grebe beach was unexpectedly peaceful. Yes, there were some cars, but overall there were very few people in the car park and at the beach – a welcome respite from the masses over on the North coast.
I’m kind of hesitant to even post about this beautiful, secluded place here – not because I want to hoard nice places all to myself – but because I’m sure all the locals would prefer it not to become too much of a tourist trap.
This is a dilemma I think I will permanently have on this blog, but if I withheld these stunning moments and places then I would be pretty stuck for things to write about. There are too many stunning, peaceful places in Cornwall to count, and much of my life is spent exploring them, and I adore taking photos and writing about them… so I will probably keep doing just that!
One of my favourite things about Helford river is how sheltered it is from the wind; 99% of the time it is calm and tranquil, making it perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding. We didn’t bring ours this time but can’t wait to take them next time we head over that way!
I also love how lush it is everywhere along the river – huge trees and tropical greenery make for a beautiful backdrop against the water. As a child we used to go to Trebah gardens each year to explore the jungle of plants that we just didn’t get on our side of the coastline.
Some day I would love to live in this area of Cornwall – says everyone who has visited here ever, I imagine. How idyllic would that be?
If you are someone who lives near here, just know that I am infinitely jealous of you, and also may I come visit pls k thanks.
Playsuit from Boohoo (sold out) – Shop similar below:
Oh well, girl can dream!
After one of the crappest weeks ever, a quiet picnic and explore around these parts was exactly what we needed, and it served as a good reminder that all is not lost because within 30 minutes we can escape to somewhere perfect like this.
Just looking at these photos right now makes me want to dive in. I’m already excited for the weekend now; it’s supposed to be fab weather and I’m more than ready for a swim.
I captured some clips of footage of our afternoon excursion, and popped it all together into a quick YouTube video – take a look below (I would love it if you subscribed too!):