A flat calm Helford estuary greeted me for this autumn re-visit, in the morning on a falling tide. The sun glowed silver over the water, from the entrance to Falmouth Bay. There’s always a tranquility to this south-facing beach, generally populated by just the ferry that crosses to the southern bank of the river.
What these visitors take home with them from Cornwall.
The regenerative effect of the beach on two men of the world.
A tranquil start to the day on the beautiful Helford River.
A pale winter light fell on the beach in front of the Ferryboat Inn for this re-visit. The tidal Helford Passage was calm and the atmosphere was quiet. The recent storms and the time of year meant that tenders to the boats on swinging moorings were lined up on the road behind the beach, rather than on the hard standing, as in the summer. The empty beach had a historical resonance, to times long ago.
The relaxing effect of the beach.
A quiet scene by the Helford River in winter.
This is a haven for sailing, whether on the Helford River in a dinghy or as a route out to Falmouth Bay and beyond. The swinging moorings were heavily populated and the ferry was plying its trade across the Helford River.
With Jan, preparing to go sailing.
Steve’s time on the beach.
Barry explains his drawing.
The ebbing of the storm and the tide at the Helford Passage.
The Helford Passage, on the north bank of the Helford River, is an iconic location in Cornwall. It has great natural beauty and is also very popular with visitors in the summer, largely due to the excellent moorings in the river and access out to Falmouth Bay for yachts. There is also a fishing tradition here. Boat hire and shops are available, within walking distance of the beach and the Ferryboat Inn.
With local man Arthur, looking back at a life on the Helford River.
Picking cockles, on the Helford River at low tide.
Peace and quiet, at Helford Passage.
The beach at Helford Passage, viewed from above.