Visit the Helford river
By Shrimper under sail it will take around two and a half hours depending on weather conditions to get to the Helford. There are good anchoring spots in the mouth of Gillan Creek, on the south side of the river itself up to the Voose north cardinal mark, or in Durgan Bay to the north. The Pool is the river’s main mooring area, there are about 25 visitors’ moorings, all identified by a green pick-up or main buoy. £16 per night up. Fun fact: Frenchman’s Creek is both the title and setting of the enchanting Daphne du Maurier novel.
Our motor boats can take you around to Falmouth in around forty minutes or so, where you will usually be able to see plenty of impressive ships and boats, stop off on a visitor pontoon (for a small fee) to explore the historic town, or grab something to eat in one of the many pubs and restaurants it offers.
Visit Trellissick House
an impressive National Trust property with stunning gardens and grounds, is located overlooking the mouth of the river Fal around a forty minute journey away. It has a visitor pontoon allowing you to arrive by water to enjoy a look around the grounds or a visit to the tea room (bring your National Trust cards for a walk through the gardens).
Visit Pandora Inn
If good food and drink is what you’re after, the pretty Pandora Inn is just around the corner from us in the entrance to Restronguet Creek, approximately fifteen minutes away. The Pandora has its own floating pontoon to tie your boat to and enjoy your lunch on, although access to it is entirely dependent on the tide times that day, so please contact us if you would like to visit it and we can advise on a suitable day/time. If upon your arrival we advise you that you won’t be able to reach the pontoon due to a dropping tide, please, please heed our advise or you will spend several hours stuck in the mud, longingly watching others enjoying their pints whilst you are utterly unable to have your own…
Visit St Mawes
The pretty fishing village of St Mawes is less than an hour away, and again it offers visitor pontoons to allow you to moor your boat and stop off to explore or enjoy some fish and chips. There is a small charge for using their pontoon, and they are only accessible at certain tide heights on which we can advise on your arrival or earlier call.
Malpas is about an hour and a quarter up river, it is a pretty village situated at the junction of the Truro and Tresillian rivers. The Heron Inn was built in 1830 and is a great place to stop of coffee or lunch. There is a visitors pontoon which has small charge, it is accessible all states of tide.
Henry VIII castles
Pendennis Castle – (On the Falmouth side) It has a round tower and gate are enclosed by a lower curtain wall. It’s the last Royalist stronghold to fall in the whole of the west of England during the civil war and suffered extensive damage. Around fifteen hundred men, women and children managed to survive a one hundred and fifty five day siege before being forced to surrender due to starvation. The castle was later used as a secret second world war base.
St Mawes Castle – (On the Roseland side) is among the most elaborately-decorated and best-preserved of all Henry VIII’s ‘Device Forts’, a quick surrender having protected the castle from damage during the civil war. The castle is managed by English Heritage and has a central tower overlooking three huge circular bastions attached in a clover-leaf pattern to the sides, with gun ports covering every possible angle of approach to the estuary.
Herons, little egrets, buzzards and cormorants abound, with the chance of spotting a kingfisher and strangely for a brief period in 2017, a somewhat out of place pelican. You may well see the head of a curious seal popping out of the water, or a group of them soaking up the sun on Black Rock at a low tide. If you’re very lucky, you may be joined by a pod of dolphins or porpoises.