Beach History

History of Swanpool

Swanpool’s unique geography was caused by a bar of sand and shingle being thrown up by the sea over the entrance of a small creek, creating a freshwater lake. In 1826 a culvert was built to reduce the water level; it also allows sea water to enter the pool at high tide.

The result is a rare phenomenon – a brackish lagoon that is fed at one end by fresh water from several streams and at the other by sea water. This mix makes it a highly unusual natural habitat for all kinds of flora and fauna.

As if in response to this miraculous piece of landscaping and the diversity of the wildlife it supports, people have always treated Swanpool as a rather special place. Over the years it has seen many changes, but it has always been a focal point for the people of Falmouth as well as a host of visitors.
It forms a community within a community, an area of the town with its own distinct identity.

‘We want people to come here and engage with the nature reserve. Swanpool is a jewel in Falmouth’s crown.’ Pete Lochrie – Proprietor

In years gone by, the pool was a boating lake where you could hire motor boats and rowing boats. In the carpark hut at Swanpool you can see a comprehensive photo archive including images of swimming galas and model boat regattas from the turn of the century.

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