Carrick Roads

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

Carrick Roads (Cornish: Dowr Carrek, meaning "rock anchorage")[1] is the estuary of the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall in England, UK. It joins the English Channel at its southern end near Falmouth. It is a large flooded valley created after the Ice age by the melt waters that 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.