Penarvon Cove is a well-hidden niche on the wild southern banks of the River Helford, near the village of Manaccan in Cornwall. The beach is made up from the characteristic angular slate and grey sand that dominates most of the beaches on the river. The ancient overhanging trees that sprawl along the river's banks cast the majority of the beach into shadow and create a timeless atmosphere. Often overlooked due to the fact that people just don't know it even exists, it's an exceptionally quiet retreat compared to the busier neighbouring spots of Helford Village and Helford Passage just across the water. Rounding the corner to the west and within walking distance from Penarvon beach is Frenchman's Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's historical novel, set in west Cornwall during the reign of Charles II. Well worth swinging into the Shipwrights for a swift half or a Rum and Shrub overlooking the Helford.
Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches
A beach guide book pulling together all of the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River’s best secret beaches and hidden coves.
Here’s to adventure. The spontaneous foray down that overgrown footpath, leaping that ancient granite hedge and traversing that deserted headland no-ones ever heard ... Read More
Park in Helford Village and take the footpath west along the bank of the river. Alternatively, park on the other side of the river at Helford Passage and take the passenger ferry across the river.
Postcode: TR12 6JU
Lat / Lon: 50.094501, -5.13867
OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard
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