River Gannel

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Gannel
River
The River Gannel below Trevemper Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1775540.jpg
The River Gannel below Trevemper Bridge
Country England
Region Cornwall
Source
 - location Carland Cross
 - elevation 115 m (377 ft)
 - coordinates 50°20′57″N 5°01′32″W / 50.3492°N 5.0256°W / 50.3492; -5.0256
Mouth Atlantic Ocean
 - location Pentire
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 50°24′37″N 5°07′27″W / 50.4103°N 5.1243°W / 50.4103; -5.1243Coordinates: 50°24′37″N 5°07′27″W / 50.4103°N 5.1243°W / 50.4103; -5.1243
Length 13 km (8 mi)

The River Gannel (Cornish: Dowr Gwyles, meaning lovage river[citation needed]) rises in the village of Indian Queens in mid Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It flows north under Trevemper Bridge and becomes a tidal estuary, the Gannel (Cornish: An Ganel, meaning the Channel), that divides the town of Newquay from the village of Crantock and joins the Celtic Sea.

The estuary contains a historic boatyard and is an important location for migratory birds.

The river is known for a legend called the Gannel Crake, an unusual noise which might be heard "crying out". During the 19th century it was described as being like "a thousand voices pent up in misery, with one long wail dying away in the distance".[1][2] It is traditionally referred to by the superstitious natives as the cry of a troubled spirit that ever haunts the scene.[3]

Ferry[edit]

Gannel Ferry
The Gannel above Crantock Beach

A seasonal ferry runs from the Fern Pit across to Crantock beach.

Ship Building[edit]

In the 1870s Thomas and John Clemens built 10 schooners. [4]

  • TEJ, 1871
  • Fairy Belle, 1872
  • William Martyn, 1875
  • Fairy Maid and Louise in 1877
  • Guiding Star and Leila in 1878.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newquaytowncouncilcornwall.co.uk/local/?i=39[dead link]
  2. ^ "Gannel Estuary". The Newquay Guide. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Heath, Sidney (1911). "The Cornish riviera". Archive.org. Blackie and Son Limited. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Heritage nurtured upon the high seas - Newquay Voice". www.newquayvoice.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.