Fowey is fast becoming the most desirable holiday and residential destination in Cornwall. Fowey has vistas comparable with the prettiest parts of the Mediterranean, and is popular with sailors, with its famous yearly regatta and river moorings. The river has a working quay a bit further up from Fowey and a relaxing time can be spent watching large ships and even cruise liners gliding up and down the glittering waters.
Above left: Looking towards Fowey and up river from Polruan. Right: Looking towards Polruan on the opposite bank.
Fowey is situated on the south east coast of Cornwall, known as the Cornish Riviera, at the estuary of the beautiful Fowey River which was born in the centre of Bodmin Moor. Opposite Fowey is the charming fishing village of Polruan with working boat yards. Cottages tumble down to the quay where you will find the historic Lugger Inn – definitely worth the enjoyable boat trip over from Fowey.
Fowey is a delight to potter around for all ages and abilities, the main area of interest being relatively flat with a small pay and display car park and a few disabled spaces. The larger main car park at the top of the town has a small bus to ferry people up and down. You will find quirky gift shops and boutiques and plenty of places to eat and drink.
Take it easy enjoying the view from the harbour seating area or wander along the Esplanade to Readymoney Cove, a small sandy beach.
Above left: The Esplanade. Right: Readymoney Cove
Above and bottom left: Views from The Esplanade. Above: View from St. Catherine’s Castle
From The Esplanade you can just about spot the remains of Fowey Blockhouse with its opposite number on the Polruan side – built in the 1300’s, chains were pulled across the estuary in order to prevent the entry of undesirable ships entering the harbour. Further along on the left you will pass comedienne Dawn French’s magnificent Point Neptune House. A little further around the coast, past the Cove, is Catherine’s Point where in medieval times the chapel of St. Catherine stood on the cliff top and a light was kept burning as a lighthouse. St. Catherine’s Castle below was built by Henry VIII to defend the harbour entrance.
If you prefer a longer walk take the ferry across to Bodinnick and enjoy the Hall Walk that meanders along the creeks to Polruan – about three miles in length. Fowey and the surrounding area has been made well known by the author Daphne du Maurier who lived in Ferryhouse at Bodinnick. Many of her books were set in the area and here she wrote her first novel ‘The Loving Spirit’.
Fowey has many extremely popular yearly events and festivals including the week long Royal Regatta in August, with its yacht races, fireworks, carnival, live music and brilliant Red Arrows display; The Festival of Words & Music, which this year opens with a Poldark themed day (9-15th May 2015) and The Christmas Market in December – a weekend of gift and food stalls, live music and lots of fun!
OK, so you’ve fallen in love with Fowey, and who wouldn’t? If you want to find your perfect home there are properties to suit all pockets, but this is an up and coming area, so now is the time to buy. House prices range from £130,000 to £1,975,000.
Above left: Place House, the tower is visible behind St Fimbarrus Church. Place has been home of the Treffry family since the 13th Century and remains their private home to this day. It is not open to the public.
Above right: Polruan
Above: In and around Fowey.
Fowey Tourist Information: Fowey Info
Polruan: Polruan Info
Festival of Words and Music: Fowey Restival