Messing about on the river

I’m Niamh, the Marketing Assistant at Trevornick.  Recently, my family and I took an “Up the Creek” trip with Fal River and I wanted to share our experience with you.  Fal River operates a range of ferries and boats, shuttling people through the holiday season to and from the Falmouth area. For £13 each, we enjoyed free parking in the Park and Float, an entertaining and informative commentary throughout the trip and a yummy pasty from the local bakers. There is a bar on-board serving hot drinks and alcoholic ones, but many people (who were obviously more experienced than our group) brought picnics to enjoy as they floated down this beautiful river.


The first part of our trip took us along Commercial Road to Penryn Bridge, passing lots of converted warehouses, house-boats and a little family of swans also out enjoying the lovely evening.


Turning around, we then headed back along the river, passing the impressive Pendennis Shipyard and onto Mylor. Holidaymakers waved from the shoreline as we sailed past the recently restored Pandora Inn – a great spot for an al fresco dinner or a spot of fishing from the quay. We continued along the water, with the high tide allowing us access to stunning little creeks which you can’t normally get to.

The desire to peer enviously at the stunning cottages and houses nestled along the shoreline is irresistible – many of them are now holiday homes which you can rent to give you that little piece of heaven for a week.

About halfway along the journey, out came the pasties and as we sat munching, we took in the view of lovely old churches, like the one at S Just in Roseland. In the distance, we could see the historic castles at Pendennis and St Mawes keeping watch on each side of the river and as dusk fell, glimpses of light from St Anthony’s Lighthouse, made famous as the setting for Fraggle Rock (which you will remember if you are a child of the eighties!),


The whole trip lasted approximately two and a half hours and as we headed back, the sun was setting creating the perfect end to a great evening. If you are looking for a relaxed way to see a different view of the area around Falmouth, I can recommend “Up the Creek

I’d love to hear your stories if you have been on the Fal River – share them with us on our Facebook page


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