The River FalDiscover this spectacular hidden gem in North Cornwall's rolling hills
The River Fal, Cornwall
Rising on Goss Moor, the Fal travels across 21 miles of granite, slate and shale to feed into the Fal Estuary where it joins its main tributaries – the Tresillian, Truro River, River Kennall and Penryn River – to finish its journey to the sea beyond Falmouth.
Throughout the length of the channels, creeks and streams that make up the Fal, there lies stretch after stretch of extraordinary river to discover. With an array of beautiful wildlife, unique landscapes and countless opportunities to enjoy them, the Fal is a central part in the lives and identities of those who live along its banks or travel to take in this Cornish landmark.
Get involved on the River FalIf you love your local river, understand how vital it is to you in your life and share our passion for keeping it healthy for you and your community, then there are many ways for you to get involved. Whether it’s helping on a river clean-up day, becoming a river scientist, going on a river walk or simply making a donation, working together we can help your river bring water to life for many years and generations to come.
One of Cornwall’s hidden gems
So many visit Cornwall for its world class beaches and dramatic coastlines, but tucked away just a little inland are some hidden gems.
The River Fal couldn’t be a better example. This beautiful Cornish river has so much to offer. For so many who spend time in the area, you cannot beat a riverside walk across the breathtaking countryside, through vibrant towns and into the picturesque villages that line the Fal. Journeying along the river, you can take in the landscape, enjoy the sound of the flowing water and admire the rich wildlife in and around the river. We have teamed up with iwalk Cornwall to bring some of the best guided river walks in the country.
But there are also so many other ways to enjoy the River Fal. Whether you love fishing, cycling, canoeing, birdwatching, history, shopping, eating out… the Fal makes a beautiful backdrop for days spent by the river.
River Fal StoriesFrom Roman times to the present day, Westcountry rivers have been an ever-present thread running through our communities, our culture and our heritage. Ever increasingly, we have come to realise how wonderful it is to spend time on, in or near a river and they are so often the backdrop to our fondest memories of days spent outdoors, being active and spending time with nature.
Latest news from the River Fal
An Enforcement Undertaking (EU) has led to South West Water (SWW) offering to pay us £350,000 to help a Devon river recover from serious pollution that wiped out the local fish population.This payment has been accepted by the Environment Agency as an alternative to...read more
We continue to work with South West Water (SWW) to deliver the second phase of the Upstream Thinking (UST) initiative, running from 2015 to 2020. According to recent research, 94% of surveyed farmers are pleased SWW is getting involved in helping them explore how to...read more
Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is embarking on a new project to find natural solutions to some of the issues facing the River Culm and its catchment, and we are a part of it.This new initiative called Connecting the Culm is part of Co-Adapt,...read more