A favourite of Rigby’s, the Paws Team’s spaniel, the Helford Passage is our idea of a blissful way to spend a sunny day in dog-friendly Cornwall. Its old world charm and unspoiled banks will have you settling in for more than an hour or two.
The Helford Passage, nestled along the Helford River in South Cornwall, inspired Daphne du Maurier to write Frenchman’s Creek, after she spent her honeymoon here. We can understand how the tranquil, picture perfect setting made an unforgettable impact.
The small bay, filled with charm is accessible via car to a small car park a few hundred feet from the passage. Alternatively, you can turn the journey into an adventure and get a ferry across the river from Helford Village. The Ferryboat Inn at the passage’s heart serves up tasty gastropub fare, and dogs are welcomed with open arms. The terrace at The Ferryboat Inn overlooks the sand and shingle beach lining the passage, where families play, dogs frolic and traditional wooden huts serve a variety of seaside treats.
After a drink, or more, at the Ferryboat, a walk east along the Helford passage is more than worthwhile. After a short country lane, you will find yourself on another beach so quiet, you may well have it to yourself (and your pup of course!). Your dog will adore the tranquil waters. Without big waves found on the seaside elsewhere to send them flying, your pooch will be able to paddle galore while you take in the view. Pick-up a floating toy from one of the seaside huts in the passage to really tire your pooch out as they play in the waters.
If you still have a little energy, and are able to drag yourself away from the idyllic spot, take the short drive (or even walk) to sub-tropical Trebah Garden, where dogs are welcome in the garden as well as on the beach, year round. There are also designated doggie tables in Trebah Kitchen.
We do hope you enjoy stepping back in time to enjoy this gem.
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