Helford Passage Beach


Helford Passage is a small hamlet on the north side of the River Helford, directly opposite the village of Helford in Cornwall. The passage provides a great angle in which to peek further up the river - on towards Tremayne Quay and beyond. The small sandy beach at the foot of the Ferryboat Inn is accessible at both high and low tide often full of activity due to the coming and going of boats, tenders and the ferry. This means that if you are searching for a quiet spot to yourself then this isn't it, but what it lacks in solitude it makes up for in character. From Easter through to October, 7 days a week, a small pedestrian ferry transports visitors and locals across the river between Helford Village and Helford Passage. Taking roughly 10 minutes per crossing, the ferry crossings have been running continuously since the Middle Ages. Back then it was a vital link for transportation of local produce on its way to the markets in Falmouth. Excellent walking opportunities can be had along the north banks of the Helford with small but defined footpaths leading east and west. Take a short walk east towards Durgan, Porth Sawsen and up to Rosemullion Head for impressive vistas across Falmouth bay and across to St. Mawes. Ferrybpat Inn serves up great food and drink, perfect place to stop off for a Rum and Shrub!


Head toward the North Helford and follow signs to Mawnan Smith. After leaving the village continue pas the Glendurgan entrance and onward to Helford Passge. You will find a small car park to the right as you roll down the hill into the hamlet.


Postcode: TR11 5LB

Lat / Lon: 50.100101, -5.1288

OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard

Grid Ref:


Today's tide times for Helford Passage calculated at the nearest tide station Helford River (Entrance) located 2.3km away.

Nearby Beaches

location pin iconPolgwidden Cove: 0.3km

Beach photo of Polgwidden Cove in Cornwall England

The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Polgwidden Cove being one of them. The Helfor... read more

location pin iconPenarvon Cove: 0.6km

Beach photo of Penarvon Cove in Cornwall England

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 f... read more

location pin iconDurgan Beach: 0.6km

Beach photo of Durgan Beach in Cornwall England

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


Beach photo of Helford Passage in Cornwall England


Secret beach guide Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches

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