Helford - St Anthony-in-Meneage - Gillan Creek - Manaccan Circular

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Helford - St Anthony-in-Meneage - Gillan Creek - Manaccan - Helford

From the car park at Helford (don't visit the village yet, save the best until last) we take the South-west Coastal Path along the Helford River. Although under tree cover for most of the way, the views over the river to Durgan (and Glendurgan Gardens) are stunning. This stretch also offers three quiet little coves where you can rest up and dip your toes in the crystal-clear water.

As we leave the tree cover, we climb up to and over, Dennis Head for views of the smaller creek of Gillan Harbour, just as stunning as the Helford River in its own way. The South-west Coastal Path drops us gradually down to Gillan Harbour and the little village of St Anthony-in-Meneage with its beautiful church.

After a stretch along the creek on a quiet lane, we leave the South-west Coastal Path and climb up to Manaccan, a typically Cornish and very lovely village, for a drink in the New Inn. A good woodland path then drops us once more to Helford. This time we enter through the village to get a look at the rows of pretty white cottages along the steep-sided valley overlooking the creek. Helford too, has a pub; a perfect place to finish your walk.

Apart from muddy stretches and the odd awkward stile, the whole route is fairly dog-friendly.

England - South West England - Cornwall - Coast


Church, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, River, Sea, Woodland
3/28/2015 - Chris Summers

From way mark 6 there is signage to say the road is now closed - only to vehicles due to subsidence.Was closed in May 2014.You can walk around the temporary fencing with ease. Carpark is £2 for up to 3hours,£3 for longer. Sun was out when we did this with a blue sky - in March,nice walk

10/25/2014 - Sam Roebuck

Thanks for the comment, Elizabeth. I've just double checked the distance, and I'm happy with five miles; if anything it's just a shade under.

9/19/2014 - Elizabeth Seamon

Nice walk, but longer than 5 miles. Both the pub and the shop in Manaccan are now closed and there is nowhere else nearby to buy a drink or food.

8/11/2014 - Chris Cully

Lovely walk. Unfortunately the New Inn at Manaccan has closed, although the village is trying to buy it. The Shipwrights Arms in Helford is good for a pint after the walk, with lovely views of the estuary from its beer garden.

2/10/2012 - ottie skewes

A wonderful dog friendly walk, however, dogs must be kept on leads for the section just leaving the car park in Helford (approx 100yds) as there are chickens in the garden. So far this year (Feb 2012) 3 have been killed by dogs not being under control. There are no bus links to anywhere on the walk. There is a large public carpark in Helford village where there is a dog/children friendly seasonal cafe. (Easter to October).