If you’d like to get off the beaten track and enjoy a day out with your dog, you could try heading down to Helford.
Tucked away on the southern banks of the beautiful Helford River, this little village with its thatched cottages, waterside pub and village shop is largely a well-kept secret amongst the yacht owners who venture up the river and millionaires who own the homes tucked along the creek here.
But the village is just a pretty 15 minute drive from Helston, or a foot ferry ride from Helford Passage, a short distance from Falmouth. Click here for a map and directions to Helford and the surrounding area.
From Helston, follow road signs rather than SatNav to the village and you’ll come to a large car park. There are lovely walks nearby, including one along Frenchman’s Creek, which we’ve featured previously, and walks from the car park along the south side of the Helford River to St Anthony and Gillan Creek, passing dog friendly beaches along the way.
Whether you want a lovely walk through the riverside woods or just a gentle day out, it’s a good idea to head to the waterside pub here, The Shipwright’s Arms which welcomes dogs on leads (as you can see from our photos, the leads can be important in keeping your dog safe by the water here). The pub serves lovely food including a really good Sunday roast and it is open all day every day in the summer from 11am to 11pm, with food served from 12pm (it’s usually a good idea to book ahead).
The village shop here is dog friendly, and serves ice creams if you’re so-minded. Up beside the car park, overlooking the river, the lovely old chapel has been transformed into a dog friendly cafe, The Holy Mackerel Cafe which serves Sid Diego’s dog friendly ice cream and which always has water bowls on hand for thirsty doggies.
All in all, it’s a beautiful place and a lovely out of the way dog friendly day out.
Want to find somewhere to stay nearby? There are several dog friendly apartments and cottages at Kestle Barton, a short walk through pretty woods from Helford Village, ranging from cosy hideaways for two to cottages for six or eight people.