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Falmouth 4, The Upper Reaches as far as Truro

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Safe Distance SW of Turnaware Bar Buoy 50:12'.345N 005:02'.235W


Admiralty, 32, 154, 18, SC5602

Rules & Regulations

Speed Limit 8Knts, Minimal Wash in the upper reaches, past Turnaware


Turnaware Bar, Dries above Maplas

Tidal Data Times & Range

Truro, HW 8mins after Falmouth   (links)

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General Description

Heading north up the river past Turnaware Point, the character of ... read more


The main thing to remember as you approach Turnaware Point, is that ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

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Your Ratings & Comments

Summer 2022
Written by chitchat | 13th Sep 2022
Think latest is Malpas pontoon has 1.2m at CD but then 16m of soft mud (according to harbour master!)
Now just 2 visitors buoys (yellow) at the top of channel just short of the visitors pontoon.
Update 21st June 2022
Written by Collenan | 21st Jun 2022
Charges for boats over 40ft on the pontoons is £25/night
Update April 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Apr 2022
I reviewed these notes in April 2022. Malpas has several pontoons now and there is still a detached pontoon out on the river. The hammer-head there looks as though it might get busy with tripping boats/ferries. The prices haven't changed much and the Cornish harbours website is easy to navigate. I've checked and the charges they quote for moorings are inclusive of VAT and Harbour Charges.
Written by chitchat | 18th Oct 2021
I believe the pontoon has 0.9m at CD but we were there at Neaps so can't be sure
Coffee shop and deli now open. Good for some essentials and up-market provisioning.
Found a couple of green buoys short of Malpas without pick ups. HM told us they were "temporary" visitor buoys !
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 4th Oct 2021
I reviewed these notes in October 2021. The improvements noted by our member below have been researched and added to the text; many thanks. Truro is now under the control of cornish harbours and their website is quite informative.
Malpas new walk ashore pontoon June 2021
Written by PaleMoon | 22nd Jun 2021
Whilst looking for the visitor buoys off Malpas we came across a brand new council run walk ashore about 150ft long. There is a tap and a single toilet/shower wet room adjacent to the HMs office. £25 a night. Quiet and beautiful. Easy access to the Heron Inn. Looks like they are building some sort of coffee shop here as well with benches outside. HM didn’t object to me swimming in the river at HW from pontoon.
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New website
Written by channelman | 11th Apr 2021
Port of Truro is now managed by Cornwall Council Harbours Board. The website is www.cornwallharbours.co.uk
UPDATE SPRING 2021 Further
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 1st Apr 2021
Smugglers Cottage Restaurant is definitely closed until there is new management
UPDATE SPRING 2021 Further
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 1st Apr 2021
Smugglers Cottage Restaurant is definitely closed until there is new management
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 31st Mar 2021
I reviewed these notes at the end of March 2021. I am still trying to get some definitive info on the Smugglers Cottage Restaurant. Truro has upped it's prices by a couple of pounds. From Tyro's comments below it would appear to be a good idea to consult the HM on mooring outside his office due the doubts about the bottom!!
Written by Tyro Sailor | 15th Mar 2021
I wended my way up the winding channel to Truro in the summer of 2019. Once through the flood gate and the well-marked channel I found a promising-looking pontoon near the HM's office which bore a notice proclaiming it to be the Visitors' Pontoon. I tied up alongside but when the tide went out it proved to be on the edge of a precipice and the boat settled bow down at about 20°. The next day I moved a little further up, alongside a biggish motor boat and spent a much more comfortable night.

Loo and shower in adjacent plastic boxes. Not ideal, but usable. £1 for an electricity card. Very helpful staff.

Pleasant little city with a spectacular 19th/20th century cathedral and a v good sing-song in The Old Ale House 200 yards from the pontoon.
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Smugglers moorings ltd
Written by Nayad | 30th Jul 2018
There is one visitors buoy @ £15 up to 9m up to £21 max. Modern block of 2 showers. Convenient for 15 min walk via permissive path to King Harry ferry (free for pedestrians) or dinghy down to Trelissick pontoon.Possible to moor on pontoon head with prior permission (same price). Very weedy stretch of river and risk of being ‘weed locked’ on pontoon. Landlord taking back control next April 2019 so could change again.
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Written by Don Thomson | 30th Apr 2018
It appears that the Smugglers Cottage at Malpas is now closed
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd May 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in May 2016. No changes other than prices.
Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 13th Mar 2014
These notes were reviewed by Don T in March 2014; as far as we can see there are no changes.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 29th Jan 2013
The Harbour notes for Falmouth 4 were ubdated by Don T on the 29th January 2013. Very little has changed and prices have been updated for 2013 where known.
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