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Carrick Roads

Age group: 12+

Location: SOUTH Cornwall


Contact: Roseland Peninsula / Falmouth

TEL: n/a


Carrick Roads may sound like an odd name for what is essentially a waterway, but back in the day this was an important route due to its depth.


It is a large waterway created after flooded melt waters from the Ice age caused the sea level to rise dramatically, in turn creating a large natural harbour which is navigable from Falmouth to Truro.


Carrick Roads are crossed by the historic and scenic King Harry Ferry, a vehicular chain ferry that links the parishes of Feock and Philleigh, plus the St Mawes Ferry also links Falmouth to the Roseland Peninsula.


The Fal Estuary is actually the third largest natural harbour in the world, reaching up to 35 metres deep at certain points..!


There are a number of fine walks in the area where you can get to see more of The Roads, the coastpath around St Mawes & St Anthony Head is a great spot to sit back and admire the view across to Falmouth.


Falmouth is actually the largest ship repair complex in the entire UK and the deepwater berthing means it has the capacity to berth vessels up to 100,000 tonnes. Falmouth is also used by at least 40,000+ cruise passengers every year. The development of the docks began way back in 1858 and the very first ship to enter these docks arrived in 1861.



Falmouth Harbour Master

Tel: (01326) 312285     VHF: Channel 16 and 12     VHF: Falmouth Harbour Office

Falmouth 0.5 miles, St Mawes 0.5 miles, Roseland Peninsula 0.5 miles