Gweek Seal Sanctuary
The Helford River.
The Helford is probably one of the most unspoilt rivers in Cornwall.
Much of the banks are covered in ancient oak forests and the deep
sheltered valleys allow subtropical plants to flourish protected from
frost by the mild climate and the warming effect of the sea. It is a
beautiful and peaceful area where you can escape the pressures of
modern life and work and recharge your batteries.
After the Loe Bar was formed at the mouth of the Cober, Gweek at the
end of the Helford became the main port of Helston and much of the
tin mined in the local area was shipped from here. The area prospered
and many fine houses were built in this period. Late in the last
century the discovery of new and cheaper deposits of tin in Malaya
and Australia caused the Cornish mining industry to collapse leading
to poverty and starvation. The Cornish emigrated in their masses to
mining areas of the new world and many of them sailed from the
Helford. It is often said that if you find a hole anywhere in the
world there will be a Cornishman at the bottom of it. Today the
Helford is a haven for the rich but still can be enjoyed by all.
The roads in the area are often no better than single track lanes but
this only enhances the charm of the river, as drivers are forced to
slow down and show courtesy and consideration for other road users.
No "Road Rage" here.
Frenchman's Creek (shown left) inspired the author Daphne DuMaurier
to write her romantic novel of the same name. Viewed in the early
morning light with a sea mist hanging over the still water you can
understand why. Explore the lanes and visit the gardens - you will
not be disappointed.
Places to visit : Gweek, Port Navas, Helford Passage, Mawgan Helford
and St Anthony.
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