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Ferry is amongst the world's best
King Harry Ferry
About one million passengers use the ferry each year
A ferry crossing at a tiny village in Cornwall is amongst the most picturesque in the world, according to a travel writer.

The King Harry Ferry at Feock takes cars and passengers on a 450yd (412m) trip across the River Fal.

It is the view of the river which has put the ferry crossing in the top 10, rivalling Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and the Grand Canal in Venice.

The report was compiled by independent travel writer Ryan Levitt.

Picturesque ferry crossings
River Fal at Feock
Dubai Creek, Abra
Sydney to Manly, Australia
Staten Island Ferry, New York
Cape Town to Robben Island, S Africa
Grand Canal traghetto, Venice
Aranui III, French Polynesia
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Star Ferry, Hong Kong
King Harry Ferry, Cornwall
Queen of the North, Canada

Tim Light, the managing director of the ferry, says it was a complete surprise when he was told the news by Cornwall Enterprise.

He said: "I think the ferry's popularity is down to a combination of the unique natural environment and wonderful history."

The first steam ferry service across the Fal from Feock to Philleigh on the Roseland peninsula started in 1888.

The current ferry has been in service from 1974. It carried 300,000 cars and a million people last year.

It is thought the ferry may have been named after King Henry VIII, who spent part of his honeymoon with Anne Boleyn at nearby St Mawes Castle and signed a charter for a ferry service.

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