The Fal River & Estuary
The Fal is a drowned river whose deep water channel dates back to the ice age when sea levels were much lower. Today, Carrick Roads is a stretch of water around a mile wide from Black Rock in the south to Turnaware in the north where the river carries on up to Truro. The deep channel (the old 'ria' or river) is around 35 metres in depth and large ships can be seen going up to Gharras Wharf at Truro. There are a number of ocean going vessels laid up in the Fal and you can go ashore in various places to visit gardens, pubs and superb views.
The nautical history dates back hundreds of years but you can still see the traditional sailing oyster fleet working from 1st October to 31st March. In the summer, you can see them racing each other instead! Falmouth is renowned for its association with the Packet Ships and you will find a visit ashore along the sheltered main street or to one of the local pubs a unique experience. Penryn was once a busy port dating back to the 14th century handling cargoes of granite, tin and coal. Restronguet Creek, with its famous Pandora Inn, was also a busy port where ships used to bring in coal and pit props, leaving with copper and tin.
Working Boats, Racing off Custom House Quay
Mylor Harbour was once the smallest dockyard in the British Navy - today it is a marina and boasts two excellent restaurants, Castaways and the Seafood Restaurant, both in what used to be old Naval buildings. Further up Mylor Creek, is Mylor Bridge with its friendly "Lemon Arms" pub serving great beers and home made food.
Going up the river towards Truro, there is a landing stage for Trelissick Gardens near the King Harry Ferry; you can visit Smugglers Cottage for good food and ale, then on towards Malpas (the Heron Pub) and Truro. Lots of creeks to explore on the way up the wooded river valley!
Trelissick House & Gardens