I can’t believe we’ve lived in Truro this long without taking a trip on the Enterprise Ferry to Falmouth. It really is a stunningly beautiful journey by river through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The skipper gave some interesting commentary about points of interest as we passed. We saw lots of estuary birds; numerous cormorants, curlews, and egrets.
A winding network of intertwining creeks and river valleys is set amongst a landscape of steep-sided, twisting valleys. Low rocky cliffs and headlands shelter sandy beaches. There are many distinctive landmarks and subtle historic remains, including castles at St. Mawes and its counterpart at Pendennis Castle, as well as St. Anthony’s lighthouse.Cornwall ANOB website
At low tide the boat can’t get up the river to Truro, so there is a free shuttle bus to Malpas. Today was a day of spring tides. We just cleared the mud banks at Malpas on a very low tide on the way out, and on our return journey the tide was so high the flood gates at Truro had been closed, so we moored again at Malpas. For the children this was a bonus as they loved riding high on the double decker, (after the obligatory argument about who would sit where.)
You can hop off at Trelissick National Trust Gardens or continue on, past Mylor to Falmouth, Prince of Wales Pier. We spent a short time pottering around Falmouth, buying winter seeds for the veg plot and pausing in ‘Huddle‘ a community cafe with a nice vibe and reasonably priced coffee and cake. The carrot cake was very delicious. We had to stride out back to the pier for the last boat of the day. Once this information was finally digested by both children they led the way, “Come ON Mummy, it’s the LAST boat of the day!”
The ferry runs 7 days a week from April to October. You can find the timetables along with Frequently Asked Questions on the website. Towards the end of the season you might find offers on ticket prices, like these half price family tickets, available to purchase until 08th Sept this year, (travel can be after this date).
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it. It gets windy out on the water so take extra layers.