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.
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 dog-friendly Helford passage is more than worthwhile and takes you to a charming dog-friendly swimming spot. 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. For inspiration see our dog-friendly Cornwall destination page.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Helford Passage, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5LB
In south Cornwall, on the north bank of the Helford River that lies south of Falmouth, this small bay, filled with charm, is accessible via a small car park a few hundred feet from the passage. Just follow the SatNav and enjoy the winding country roads.
Why not turn the journey into an adventure, and get a ferry across the river from Helford Village.
One of Rigby’s favourite Cornish days out. Stay tuned, he will be paw-ing his review shortly.
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