The sleepy riverside village of Gweek is set among the extensive woods of the Helford, and is a good spot to start exploring the area whether by land or water. The Gweek National Seal Sanctuary, complete with nursery pools and hospital is in the heart of the village. With easy access to nearby attractions and beaches, Gweek is a popular destination for those visiting Cornwall. The Gweek Inn is a welcoming village pub with a selection of Cornish real ales, offering bar snacks (homemade) and table service in the restaurant.
Deep sheltered valleys covered in ancient oak woodland, lead down to hidden creeks, centuries old villages, and Cornwall gardens, such as Trebah and Glendurgan both on the north shore of the Helford, in South West Cornwall full of sub-tropical plants, tree ferns originally from New Zealand, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Beautiful villages like Durgan, preserved by the National Trust, or the more well known Helford Passage, with its famous Ferryboat Inn, both so beautiful in different ways. Churches such as Mawgan, with its immaculately kept churchyard, overlooking the mouth of the River.
The exclusive properties of Port Navas, many with a yacht moored alongside. Since Roman times there has been a Oyster Fishery in the Lower Reaches of the Helford. The granite walled Oyster Quay offers good views up Port Navas Creek, and may offer the chance to buy either a gallon of mussels or a dozen fresh Helford Cornish Oysters from the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm.
The lanes along the south shore of the Helford River offer glimpses down into the Helford's many side creeks. The most romantic of these is Frenchman's Creek, made famous by author Daphne Du Maurier, best seen in the still light of a early morning spring tide.
Places to visit and see on the Lizard Peninsula
Sandy beaches: Kynance Cove, Kennack Sands, Poldhu, Coverack, Polurrian, Gunwalloe.
Villages and places of interest: Cadgwith, Porthleven, Mullion, Coverack, Porthallow, St Keverne, Porthoustock, Helford River, Frenchman's Creek, Port Navas, Durgan, Manaccan, Goonhilly Downs.
Interesting towns: Helston, Falmouth, St Ives, Newlyn, Penzance, Truro.
Gardens nearby: Trebah, Glendurgan, Trengwainton, Trelissick, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project.
Things to do: Golf (at Mullion), short golf (at Helston), horse riding (from Ruan Minor and Mullion), cycling (from Mullion), fishing (boat trips from Cadgwith), diving (at Porthkerris or Cadgwith) and surfing (best at Porthleven and Kennack Sands). A range of watersports, including windsurfing, are available at Coverack and sailing on the Helford River.
8th May, Helston Flora Day to celebrate the coming of Spring
All August, Regattas and fishing festivals in the area.
Every Wednesday at 6pm in August, fish barbecues in Cadgwith Cove.
Every Tuesday night, Folk singing in the Cadgwith Cove Inn.
Every Friday, traditional maritime singing in the Cadgwith Cove Inn.
At Christmas time most Cornish villages are decorated with fairy lights at night and on Christmas Day there is swimming at Cadgwith and Coverack.