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River Fal

The River Fal estuary is navigable from the sea to Ruan Lanihorne, with several creeks and tributaries.

Map of the Fal Estuary

Facts & Stats

12.4 miles

(19.9 km)

The navigable length of the River Fal Estuary including tributaries, but excluding Restronguet Creek, Percuil Creek, Penryn River and Truro River.

Pendennis Castle

Built in 1540

The River Fal and The Carrick Road (this is the main body of water inside the harbour) was protected by The Pendennis Castle in 1540, which was built in Henry VII’s reign.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.