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The River Fal at Devoran

The River Fal flows through Cornwallmarker, United Kingdommarker, rising on the Goss Moormarker (between St. Columbmarker and St Austellmarker) and reaching the English Channelmarker at Falmouthmarker. On or near the banks of the Fal are the castles of Pendennismarker and St Mawesmarker as well as Trelissick Gardenmarker. The River Fal separates the Roselandmarker peninsula from the rest of Cornwall. Like most of its kind on the south coast of Cornwall and Devon, the Fal estuary is a classic ria, or drowned river valley.


The origin and meaning of the name of the river are unknown. The earliest occurrences of the name are in documents of 969 and 1049 AD. Falmouth, a town which was known by another name until the 17th century, is named after the River Fal.


Tributaries of the River Fal include the River Truro, River Kennall, River Penryn and River Carnon. Restronguet Creek, Pill Creek and Penpoll Creek are three of the creeks of the River Fal.

The river is crossed by the historic and scenic King Harry Ferrymarker, a vehicular chain ferry that links the villages of Feockmarker and Philleighmarker approximately equidistant between Truro and Falmouth.

The River Fal suffered a severe, high profile pollution accident in February 1992, when a nearby tin mine was flooded. The river turned red and an extensive cleaning-up operation was needed to decontaminate the water. [82924]

During times of reduced global trade ships are mothballed in the estuary of the The River Fal

Places on the Fal


  1. Ekwall, E. (1940) The Concise Dictionary of English Place-names; 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press; p. 165

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