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St. Anthony

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St. Anthony

This must be the quietest creek on Cornwall - probably because you get the impression only the local residents know it's here.

At high tide there's no beach at all but, at low tide, with the tang of fresh seaweed and only the occasional birdsong to interrupt the silence, this is a superbly magical place for a beach walk. If you are seeking solitude, come here. This creek and its environs is cared for by the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation group and is known as one of the finest marine wildlife sites in Europe.

Its sheltered creeks and mudflats support vast numbers of tubeworms and shrimp - which provide feed for wading birds and herons.

The eelgrass water plant grows in profusion in the shallow waters here, providing habitat for quantities of crab, sea anemonies and cuttlefish - and even seahorses feed and breed here.

Over 80 species of fish have been recorded around the Helford estuary, an information board by the creek tells the visitor. But visitor numbers are low here - St Anthony is a tiny community of a few houses, a chandlery business and a church.

Please note : Greatly restricted beach area at high tide

 

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