is located on the southern Cornish
coast in the UK
, near Falmouth
. It is a large waterway created after the Ice age
from an ancient valley which flooded as the melt waters caused the sea level to rise dramatically (see Ria
), creating a large natural harbour which is navigable from Falmouth to Truro
Falmouth Harbour, including the Carrick Roads, is the third largest natural harbour in the world and the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are the statutory port authority with responsibility for the Inner Harbour at Falmouth (excluding Falmouth Docks), the Penryn River up as far as Boyers Cellars, the southern part of the Carrick Roads and a large part of Falmouth Bay.
The Roads are crossed by the historic and scenic King Harry Ferry, a vehicular chain ferry that links the villages of Feock and Philleigh.