Boat trip and kayak expeditions – Exploring Cornwall from a different perspective

 Helford River Expedition

Budock Vean , Helford Passage, Cornwall 

Explore Cornwall from a different perspective, from the water, on our 3 hour expedition down the Helford River by boat and kayak from the private foreshore of the Budock Vean Hotel.

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.

Hannah Molly moored up at the Budock Vean Private 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 over 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.




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.




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

Maximum 8  spaces per expedition

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Return and enjoy a hearty breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea or four course dinner at the hotel. Not included in the price.