Taking you on a voyage of discovery to the hidden delights of the Fal and Truro rivers
Heading north up the Carrick Road is a voyage to discovering the
hidden delights of the Fal and Truro rivers. Unlike many rivers the
passage to the head of navigation at Truro is mostly deep apart from the
last few miles. But you could take a leisurely few days exploring this
area and still want to come back for more. There are harbours and pubs a
plenty, all with a tale to tell and a welcome mooring.
Once past Penarrow Point, the entrance to
Mylor creek hides behind the plethora of small craft moorings. Seasonal
red/green lateral marks indicate the west going fairway through the
moorings leading to Mylor Yacht Harbour, Mylor Yacht Club and
Restronguet Sailing Club. The moorings either side of the fairway are
mostly coloured red/green to provide an obvious channel which then turns
SSW to the Yacht Harbour.
Chart point 1. Red and green mooring buoys mark the fairway leading to Mylor Yacht Harbour
a time, Mylor was the western most Naval victualling station and
dockyard in England, then home to HMS Ganges as well as a centre for the
French Resistance during the Second World War. Swinging moorings and
alongside berths are available to visiting boats.
Chart point 2. Mylor Yacht Harbour
North once more, the entrance to Restronguet Creek lies to the west
after Weir Point. Keep an eye out for North and South Cardinals marking
the Carrick Carlys rock which is just North of the channel. The approach
to Restronguet is relatively shallow and needs sufficient rise of tide
to get into the deep water in the entrance of the creek which is marked
by a host of small craft moorings.
Chart point 3. North & South Cardinals marking Carrick Carlys rock
moorings lead NW and the recently re-built Pandora Inn sits on the
western bank offering a long pontoon which dries at low water, so keep
an eye on the tide if you decide to stop for a pint and bite to eat. The
Inn dates back to the 13th Century and owes its name to the HMS
Pandora, the naval ship sent to capture the mutineers from Captain
Bligh’s Bounty. The Captain of the Pandora is reputed to have bought the
inn after his court-marshal in Cornwall following the grounding &
sinking of HMS Pandora on the Great Barrier reef.
Chart point 4. Access to the Pandora Inn pontoon is possible. Current depths can be checked with the Inn.
in the Carrick Road, lateral buoys head NE and lead to Turnaware Bar
green mark which keeps you clear of the bar stretching out from Tunaware
Point. It also marks the start of the 8 knot speed limit and the start
of the River Fal.
The deep water channel heads east for a
couple of cables before turning north as it passes a row of large
visitor mooring pontoons. For the next two miles large mooring buoys are
dotted along the channel providing sheltered mooring for large
commercial vessels who make use of one of Britain’s deepest rivers. Just
before the King Harry chain ferry there is a pontoon allowing access
for the ferries and dinghies going to the National Trust Tressilick
Gardens and House.
Chart point 5. King Harry chain ferry
Ship moorings up river
Four cables North the channel
turns to the east and the inside of the bend is home to the Smugglers
restaurant and Tea Bar which hosts a visitors pontoon for either short
stay or overnight. One of the Smugglers most famous guests was
Eisenhower during the Second World War when he came to address the
thousands of American troops camped next to the river preparing for the D
Chart point 6. Visitor pontoon at The Smugglers
The river turns North once more and as
it does, the River Fal branches to the North East and becomes a long
shallow creek but we now follow the Truro River as it heads North and
passes a secluded row of visitor pontoons.
A green buoy
marks the extent of the shallow Maggoty Bank as the river turns the
corner to the North East where several midstream visitor moorings can be
found. The river bends around Woodbury Point and yacht moorings give a
good indication of the channel. The village of Malpas comes into view
and there are a few visitors buoys close to the town and also Malpas
Marine which may have a berth available for smaller boats. The name
Malpas is said to come from the French ” Le Mal Pas” meaning “the
difficult crossing” as it has been a river crossing place for at least
800 years. The Heron Inn, Malpas serves food and drink and is easily
accessed by dinghy.
Chart point 7. Malpas Marine.
Victoria Quay, east of Malpas with their own private marina
The river divides at Malpas with the Tresillian River heading
off to the north east and the Truro River continuing South West as it
rounds Victoria point on the northern bank. Care should be taken when
passing Malpas to avoid the sandbank in the middle of the river. Often
the best water hugs the Northern bank then shifts midstream as you round
Victoria Point. Buoyage then increases as we head towards Truro.
channel winds its way upstream then narrows as it enters the canal like
Lighterage Quay and Tidal Barrage with Truro Cathedral in the
Chart point 8. Tidal Barrage with Truro Cathedral in the background.
Tidal Barrage is usually open, it may be shut on exceptionally high
tides to protect the city, in which case a waiting pontoon is located
downstream of the barrage.
Once through the barrage,
buoys give way to posts marking the channel at close intervals but be
sure identify the next mark before heading to it. The channel hugs the
starboard then port banks before being punctuated by a Supermarket on
the port side. The river divides and the visitor moorings alongside the
quay wall and harbour master office can be seen ahead. Boats staying
here for any length of time should be capable of taking the ground.
Chart point 9. Truro visitor moorings and harbour office in front of the Cathedral.
has been a settlement in Truro since the 12th Century, and a busy port
for many years as a stannary town where tin was checked and stamped
before being shipped out. Queen Victoria granted Truro city status by
1877, it remains the only city in Cornwall today.
|Mylor Yacht Harbour
|Ch 37/80 or phone 01326 372121
| 01872 271260
|Port of Truro
|| MHWS 5.3
| MLWS 0.6
|| MHWN 4.2
| MLWN 1.9
| MHWS 3.5
| MLWS -
| MHWN 2.4
| MLWN -
Plenty of places to anchor along the River Fal and Truro
River especially if you can take the ground. Stay clear of the channels
which are frequented by tripper boats, ferries and the occasional big
ship. Otherwise make use of the mid-stream visitor moorings which are
Click chart to enlarge
Chart Y58 is reproduced with the kind permission of Imray.
Chart copyright UKHO. www.ukho.gov.uk
pictures By Simon & Vicky Jinks, SeaRegs www.searegs.co.uk
© Crown Copyright and/or database rights. Reproduced by
permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the
UK Hydrographic Office (www.ukho.gov.uk).
This material is not for resale, redistribution or copying.
Not to be used for navigation.
Many thanks to South West Powerboating for the use of their RIB; southwest-powerboating.co.uk
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