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Truro River Anchorage: One of our Favs!

After all the excitement of our whale encounter (yep that’s right we spotted a humpback whale in Cornwall!) there was only one place we wanted to be – up the Truro River at one of our favourite anchoring spots!

We had visited here last season and couldn’t get over how beautiful and tranquil this place was – check out our post ‘Heading Up The Fal and Anchoring in The Truro River: An Idyllic Spot!‘ from last year for more info.

Once again we headed up pretty much as far as we could although our spot from last year was far busier this time round – maybe we shouldn’t have mentioned how nice it was! 🤣 So we dropped the hook just slightly back down, at position 50°14.060N 5°1.131W, just on the bend by Church Creek.

Heron flies past an old boat wreck on the Truro River

It was good to hear that the anchoring charge had not increased since last year, remaining at £7 a night. However we opted to take advantage of their 10 nights for £56.00 deal. The river anchorages are managed by Cornwall Council’s Maritime Service and they’ll come by in their patrol boats to collect. Alternatively you’ll find their office at Malpas Marina, just up river slightly. It is here that you can also leave your dinghy to go and explore the surrounding area.

It’s approximately a 2 mile stroll into Truro although there is a bus service that runs from just outside ‘The Heron Inn‘ pub at Malpas to Truro. However do bear in mind that it only runs 3 times a day, Monday to Saturday. Of course you can also dinghy it up to Truro if the tide permits. We found we preferred to leave the dinghy at Malpas and enjoy the walk along the riverside to Truro. Again check out our post from last year for more details.

Malpas Marina

Circular Walk from Malpas to Truro

This year we did enjoy a walk the other way around the river. Leaving the dinghy at Malpas we headed along the riverside path on the banks of the Tresillian River towards St Clement. Passing through an impressive woodland we marvelled at the incredible trees that towered above us and stopped to enjoy the birdlife that called this place home.

Woodland Walk
Towering Trees

Eventually the walk takes you to St Clement, a little hideaway village nestled on the Tresillian River. The church here is Grade 1 listed and was dedicated to St Clement in 1259. If you’re after a quiet moment of reflection, even if you’re not religious, then this is a nice place to sit for a bit.

St Clement Riverbank
St Clement Church

This particular route takes you across the fields towards Truro, before you can head back towards Malpas.

Truro Cathedral

Truro is the county town of Cornwall, and home to Truro Cathedral, which dominates the skyline of the town.

For provisioning Truro has a Tesco’s and Aldi and a good selection of shops.

Heron Silhouette

As an anchorage the Truro/Fal river is well protected with excellent holding. Water and rubbish bins can be found at Malpas Marina and there are also bins on the mid-river pontoons. For fuel you will need to visit one of the local marina’s back downstream towards Falmouth.

The river is a haven for wildlife and you can easily wile away the hours watching the birds or enjoying a spot of fishing. Downside is the ‘velcro effect’, it’s so nice here you may find yourself comfortably sticking and struggling to want to leave!🤣


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