South West Coast Path Part 6 Day 4 – Coverack to Helford

Helford River Crossing
Helford River Crossing - South West Coast Path Part 6 Day 4


Approximately 13 miles. Moderate

On the penultimate day of this trek I’ll continue North from Coverack to Helford. Starting at Coverack around 9.30am.  

This morning I’ll be heading Eastward for a few miles to Lowland Point where we turn Northward to continue up the coast. Pausing for a while – and perhaps a photo or two – at Dean Point where I’ll (hopefully) get a glimpse of The Manacles. This is a group of rocks and islands just under a mile off shore. This area is popular with divers as the treacherous waters have claimed quite a few boats in their time

South West Coast Path Midway Marker - Porthallow

After this I’ll start the cliff rollercoaster ride with ups and downs for a few miles. Nothing too strenuous though as the cliffs are mostly under 200ft high. I’ll carry on past Porthoustock where the path takes me inland for a while until I reach the coffee stop at Porthallow beach. There is a South West Coast Path Midway Marker here – timer for a selfie I think!

I continue north up to the lookout at Nare Point. Then we start Westward towards Gillan harbour and Gillan Creek. Here it’s all a matter of timing. If the tide is out I can probably paddle across the Creek. If the tide is in, there maybe a water taxi or ferry to take me across the harbour. But in the middle and I may have no option but to trek up the Creek for about a mile for a safe crossing. 

I then head East again to Dennis Head and then West along the tidal part of the Helford River. A little way further and I reach the Ferry crossing at Helford. Here again, my options depend on timing. If I’ve done well and avoided the detour at Gillan Creek, I’ll take the ferry across to Helford Passage and then walk to Durgan or Mawnan. Otherwise I’ll call it a day at Helford and start from Helford passage tomorrow. You are more than welcome to join me for any part of this stretch, for the whole day, or the full nine yards Marazion to Falmouth. Please get in touch using my contact form and I will keep you updated on start times and progress.

Ferry crossing to Helford Bridge
Ferry crossing to Helford village

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