Mylor Creek

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Coordinates: 50°10′50″N 5°04′07″W / 50.18047°N 5.06865°W / 50.18047; -5.06865

Mylor Creek at low water
Resronguet Sailing Club near Mylor Harbour

Mylor Creek (Cornish: Pol Scathow, meaning creek of boats) is a tidal ria in south Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is a tributary of Carrick Roads, the estuary of the River Fal and is situated approximately six miles (10 km) south of Truro and two miles (3 km) north of Falmouth .[1]

Geography[edit]

The creek is in Mylor civil parish[2] and forms an inland tidal lake. It is approximately 800 feet (240 m) at its widest point and just over a mile (1.8 km) long from its tidal limit at Mylor Bridge to its mouth at Mylor Churchtown where it discharges into Carrick Roads.[1]

Locations[edit]

History[edit]

At the entrance to the creek was the most westerly naval dockyard and victualling station in Britain, which, at high tide, covered 66 acres (27 ha) of water.[3] During the second-half of the 19th-century it was the base for HMS Ganges, a training ship for boys, and also the Falmouth Packets. During World War II the harbour was a base for operations conducted by the French Resistance. It is now home to the last remaining fleet of oyster fishermen.[4]

Recreation[edit]

Carrick Roads and Cornwall's English Channel coast are popular for yachting and dinghy racing. Restronguet Sailing Club (which takes its name from Restronguet Creek a mile to the north) has its base at Mylor Harbour,[5] a large yacht marina immediately north of Mylor Churchtown.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ [1] Cornwall Council online mapping. Retrieved May 2010
  3. ^ "Mylor Regatta". The Cornishman (115). 23 September 1880. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Mylor". Cornwall Guide. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  5. ^ [2] Restronguet Sailing Club website; retrieved May 2010
  6. ^ [3] Mylor Harbour website. Retrieved May 2010