Grebe Beach is an intimate fringe of greyish shingle on the northern bank of the Helford River, about 10 minute drive from Falmouth. It is situated just to the east of the more popular Durgan Beach, but its access route is via a particularly steep path making is far quieter. The water is safe for swimming with plenty of rocky outcrops to explore and dive from. Be wary that this is a river and some currents will occur so weaker swimmers should stay close to the shore. There are no mooring close to the beach and boats are not allowed to anchor near it. Just round the corner the annual Durgan Reggetta is held by the locals on the last Sunday of August and makes for great day out. The prestigious Row & Run event incorporates both Durgan and Grebe beaches and is well worth watching. Excellent walking opportunities can be had along the banks of the Helford with small but defined footpaths leading east and west. Take a short walk west and stop off for a drink at The Ferryboat Inn on the Helford Passage.
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.
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Head toward the North Helford and follow signs to Mawnan Smith. After leaving the village turn left at the cross roads before you reach the Glendurgan entrance. Park in the National Trust car park to the right, opposite Bosloe, and make the 10 minute walk down to the coast. Take the steep footpath to the left down onto Grebe Beach just before you reach Durgan.
Postcode: TR11 5JR
Lat / Lon: 50.103699, -5.11242
OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard
Durgan Beach: 0.1km
Down on the northern banks on the Helford River hides the picturesque hamlet of Durgan and its south-east facing beach. The hamlet consists of 15 cott... read more
Porth Sawsen: 0.3km
The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Porth Sawsen (Porth Saxon) being one of them.... read more
Porthallack Cove: 0.4km
The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Porthallack Cove being one of them. The Helfo... read more