The Beach Guide

Bosahan Cove

  • View through the trees to Bosahan Cove
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  • Bosahan Cove on the Helford River
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  • Boshan Cove
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  • Bosahan Cove, Helford River
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This secluded little cove backs on to the ancient woodlands of the Bosahan estate on the southern banks of the Helford River.

Whilst the phrase 'hidden gem' is bandied around quite frequently, Bosahan Cove truly fits the bill. There are three ways to reach this idyllic little sandy beach and none of them involve a car. The most obvious is via the coast path, although it is at least a mile's walk. Another alternative for those with the means is to come by boat. The other option is to walk down through the Bosanan Estate if it is open.

Of all these routes the walk through the sub-tropical gardens of Bosanan are possibly the most appealing, and least strenuous. Whilst there is an admission charge it is well worth it to see this 'most Cornish of all Gardens' as it has been described.

Back to the beach itself. This really is a magical little cove and on the occasions I have visited I have had it to myself. With the woodland behind this does not feel like your average (if that exists) Cornish beach. With views of the yachts sailing in the calm waters at the mouth of the Helford it really is the most tranquil of places to unwind.

Type of beach

Sand and shingle

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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TR12 6JL

OS grid ref.

SW 7734 2627


The nearest car parking is in Helford village just over a mile away. In the other direction you can park at St Anthony which is a similar distance. Alternatively, during the summer you can visit the Bosahan Estate and use the parking here (admission charged).