Fal Estuary

Fal Estuary

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Explore on water or land
  • Trips from Truro, Falmouth & St Mawes

The Fal Estuary is well known for being a safe haven for boat enthusiasts, its many creeks and inlets are easily explored in small boats and canoes, while the larger sheltered basin of the Carrick Roads is a perfect spot for wind surfing, snorkeling and yachting.

Carrick Roads is the name given to the estuary of the River Fal. It is one of Britain’s finest deep-water anchorages, and Falmouth Harbour is reckoned to be the third largest natural example of its kind in the world.

The Fal estuary is also a year-round magnet to dolphins and porpoises with regular sightings. Species that have been spotted include the bottlenose dolphin, the white-beaked, common, striped, Atlantic white-sided and Risso´s dolphin.

With so many tidal creeks and inlets, the estuary is a haven for wildlife, particularly aquatic birds. Some of these inlets are now turned into marinas for the berthing of pleasure craft such as yachts and cruisers. Small craft can easily sail upstream as far as Truro, although the course is twisty and littered with sand bars and low-tide mud flats the farther north you travel.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit The Fal Estuary and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

The King Harry Ferry has been in existence in one form or another for several hundred years, although the origins of its name are unclear. The latest ferry is capable of carrying 30 or so cars, and the cost of crossing is offset by the lengthy road detour should you decide to avoid the ferry. The crossing is set between the wooded banks of the Fal River, and it runs every 30 minutes.

The woodlands that surround this area are perfect to explore on foot and the mild maritime climate means that frost and snow are very rare indeed.

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