Explore, Swim, SUP, Walk, Bodyboard, Relax

Number 7 is in the perfect location to explore the stunning Lizard Peninsula and Helford Estuary. This wonderful part of the world has so much to offer. Whether you enjoy getting active on land or water, or just prefer to relax and enjoy the sound of the birds from the garden – we hope you’ll love coming back to Number 7 again and again.

The video below gives a snippet of some the beauty of the nearby Helford Estuary, one of the most unspoilt rivers in Cornwall. With it’s deep sheltered valleys, ancient oak forests and hidden creeks. The sheltered river provides a safe haven for water based activities, while the nearby Lizard Peninsula provides a range of wild beaches, quaint fishing villages and bracing cliff tops to explore.

Please also check out our page about the Beaches around Number 7

Explore the area

We want to help you make the very best use of your treasured holiday time, so we have created the map below with a small selection of great places to go and things to do in the area.

Please click the temporary link below to access the map – apologies, this is a work in progress to fully embed the map into this page:


For those who like to Swim, SUP and Kayak

The Helford area is a particular favourite for those who like to Swim, SUP, Kayak or dinghy sail. For those who enjoy taking to the water, you may like to look at some of the “launch spots” on the map. Many of these are within 2-3 miles of Number 7. Most of the time the Helford provides a wonderful sheltered spot. (Occasionally it may be prudent to explore some of the more tucked-away spots if there is an Easterly swell or a strong Easterly or Westerly wind.

For launching craft, you can choose from easy access slipways with parking (such as in St Anthony in Meneage, Helford River Sailing Club, or Gweek), or if you are prepared to adventure a little bit more to get to them – you can seek out the myriad of interesting little coves and hidden beaches which do not have such easy obvious parking (for example Flushing Cove or Helford village ford). Some suggestions of great aquatic adventures include:

  • Explore Gillan Creek, Helford Village, Frenchman’s or Mawgan Creek.
  • Park at Gweek Boatyard and SUP down the river (watch the tides!)
  • Enjoy a picnic at Tremayne Quay or Boshan Cove
  • If appropriate, head over to Helford Passage and explore the coves and creeks on the other side of the river, including Port Navas, Trabah Beach, Durgan or Grebe Beaches.

There really is so much to explore.

If you fancy a sea adventure, just some of the myriad of beaches of the Lizard include: Porthallow, Coverack Cove, Poldhu, Porthleven, Praa Sands or St Micheal’s Mount (also marked on the map above). The coastline of the Lizard really is magical, and there are so many different beaches to choose from.

If you have any further ideas or favourite spots you think we should add to the map, please do let us know.

Wherever you go our top tips include:

  • Plan your day with the tides in mind (we have included a tide timetable on every page of this website). Many upper parts of the Helford dry out to muddy river banks – and left standing in mud may not be your preferred way to spend your break.
  • Also plan your day with the weather in mind. The great thing about this area, is there will always be a different creek or part of the coastline that can provide you with shelter or surf… depending on what you are looking for.
  • Take appropriate clothing (even the calmest sunniest day can change rapidly).
  • Take all normal precautions such as swim or SUP with a buddy, appropriate buoyancy aids, swim floats etc and remember there may be limited phone signal in many areas.
  • Be aware that although the Helford is one of the quietest parts of Cornwall, the middle of the channel can get busy with watercraft in the peak summer months.

Hiring equipment or guided tours

There are many options open to you for great local companies who will hire you equipment or provide you with guided tours or group sessions. Or why not take the opportunity to try something new? Here are just a few suggestions:

  • https://korukayaking.co.uk/the-helford-sup-adventure/ Guided kayaking and SUP adventures on the Helford
  • https://www.supinabag.co.uk/ SUP hire (delivered to your accommodation) and guided adventures.
  • https://www.verticalblue.co.uk/ (Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Coasteering etc.
  • https://www.sailawaystanthony.co.uk/ SUP, Kayak, Dinghy and Boat hire and storage.
  • https://helford-river-boats.co.uk/ SUP, Kayak, Rowing boat, Self drive boat hire from Helford Passage Beach (the other side of the Helford but accessible via their passenger ferry from Helford Village).
  • https://marinediscovery.co.uk/ Marine Discovery Penzance offer the best boat trip in Cornwall- eco friendly wildlife watching sea safari boat tour on board a sailing catamaran for dolphin spotting / wildlife watching.
  • https://www.lizardadventure.co.uk/ SUP, Kayak, Coasteering and Climbing adventures, inclusive activities for all abilities and ages.
  • https://childrenssailingtrust.org.uk/trevassack-lake/equipment-hire/ £5 launch fee for half a day (with funds going to the Children’s sailing trust to get local children out on the water) which includes full safety cover.  SUP, Mega SUP, Kayak and Sailing dinghy hire available.  Multi activity mornings and family taster sessions also available at certain times of the year from £30.  Fully acccessible watersports also supported here.
  • https://www.seaswimcornwall.co.uk/ Guided Sea Swimming adventures around the Lizard and Helford.

You may like to look at some of our blog posts for some additional ideas.

Further information and suggestions of great routes

For further information about SUPping in the Helford, please do have a look at SUP in a bag’s really helpful blog post: https://www.supinabag.co.uk/places-to-paddle-cornwall/2017/2/7/helford-passage-river-helford-sup-explore

Other activities

We’re going to be expanding this section in coming weeks, so please do keep an eye on this page for more ideas of exciting things to do.

Also, if you’d like some inspiration of more potential trips or things to do, whether that be on land or water, please do pop over to our blog pages for lots more interesting posts (work in progress!)

We hope you love the location of Number 7 as much as we do.