Five Million Tides is the story of Cornwall's Helford River from the Stone Age to the dawning of the twenty-first century.
From prehistoric pioneers and their megalithic successors, this account goes on to expose a remarkable truth: the Helford became one of Europe's most significant waterways during the Iron Age and Roman periods.
Despite being mainland Britain's southernmost safe haven, it has not always been a place of good fortune - once a thriving seat of Celtic Christianity the river would ultimately become more synonymous with lawless seafarers. Nor could it be relied upon for sanctuary from every storm, as the graves of mariners in its village churchyards attest.
Although now overshadowed by its more famous sibling estuaries, the Helford is an enigmatic beauty of the family whose rich past deserves wider knowledge.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
A magnificent celebration of one of Cornwall's least understood rivers - a book that deserves to be treasured by every lover of this magical landscape and its wealth of extraordinary human stories. -- Dr Rowan Whimster MBE
Five Million Tides, with its ebbs and floods, encapsulates the diverse history of the iconic Helford River and its many creeks. Recognised for stunning scenery and unique ecology system, the river is one of Cornwall's hidden gems stretching from sea to the ancient port of Gweek -- David Barnicoat