Helford River Expedition by boat and kayak

Budock Vean, Helford Passage, Cornwall


Explore Cornwall from a different perspective, from the water by kayak with Koru Kayaking and boat with Helford River Cruises. Explore the length of the Helford River cruising through forests and past old quays of a bygone era before heading back to the hotel by kayak.


Herons and egrets in the ancient oak forest

The expedition starts with a 40 minute boat trip on the Hannah Molly from Budock Vean Hotel private foreshore to your chosen destination, either up river towards Gweek or down river towards Falmouth Bay and Gillian Creek.

Enjoy a commentary from our experienced boatman of tales of the Helford River, from the romance Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek, tales of the of the river.

Port Navas Creek, Autumnal Colours, Koru Kayaking

View from the Budock Vean Hotel foreshore

Enjoy the abundance of wildlife along the Helford River and it’s Creeks with buzzards, herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants all regularly spotted. Keep your eyes peeled as dolphins or seals have occasionally joined us.


Buzzard soaring above the Helford River

Reaching our destination Gweek or Gillian Creek youdisembark the boat onto the kayaks, already dressed in your wetsuit, the kayaks towed behind the boat, we can and enjoy a 2 hour stunning guided kayak adventure back along the Helford River to the Budock Vean Hotel.

Expedition to Gweek – 3 hours -£60pp

Tranquil and wild

Cruise along the Helford River through ancient oak lined forests, old quays including Tremayne Quay which was built for Queen Victoria, and past beautiful creeks . Reaching Gweek we see the Seal Sanctuary, harbour and boat yard from the water where we disembark onto the kayaks.

Kayaking back along this stunning stretch of water, enjoy the abundance of bird life, beaches and creeks only accessible by kayak. A grey seal is occasionally spotted along this stretch of the river.

Expedition tO Falmouth Bay & Gillian Creek – 3 hours – £60pp


Cruise along the Helford River past the grand mansions including Roger Taylor the drummer of the and Queen’s Cornish abode. Past the bustling Helford Passage and two of Cornwalls great gardens Glendurgan and Trebah before turning into Gillian Creek. We disembark here onto the kayaks.

Kayaking back along the creek and Helford River past Helford Village and the chapel of St Francis of Assisi. Widlife sightings are predominantly birds including the cormorants and buzzards. A pod of Risso Dolphins was spotted here in April 2016.


40 minute boat trip
2 hour Kayak Adventure
Koru Tour Guide
Kayak, Paddle, Buoyancy Aid, wetsuit hire & booties
Instruction & Safety Briefing
Bottle of Water

Cost £60pp

Customers are welcome on their return and enjoy a hearty breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea or four course dinner) at the hotel. This is not included in the price.