Carrick Roads

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Carrick Roads (Cornish: Dowr Carrek, meaning "rock anchorage")[1] is located on the southern Cornish coast in England, UK, near Falmouth, which joins the English Channel at its southern end. It is a large waterway created after the Ice age from an ancient valley which flooded as the melt waters caused the sea level to rise dramatically (see Ria), creating a large natural harbour which is navigable from Falmouth to Truro.

The Falmouth Harbour Commissioners[2] are the statutory port authority with responsibility for the Inner Harbour at Falmouth (excluding Falmouth Docks), the Penryn River up as far as Boyers Cellars, the southern part of the Carrick Roads and a large part of Falmouth Bay.

The Roads are crossed by the historic and scenic King Harry Ferry, a vehicular chain ferry that links the parishes of Feock and Philleigh.

Carrick Roads is named after Black Rock (Cornish: Karrek Reun, meaning seal rock) which lies between Pendennis Point, St Mawes, and Carricknath Point.[citation needed]


Carrick Roads, as seen from Roseland


  1. ^ Weatherhill, Craig (2009). A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names. Westport, Co. Mayo: Evertype. ISBN 9781904808220; p. 9
  2. ^ "Falmouth Harbour Commissioners Home". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 

Coordinates: 50°09′12″N 5°02′08″W / 50.15333°N 5.03556°W / 50.15333; -5.03556