On the South Coast of Cornwall, set on the western bank of the Fowey river is the
small town of Fowey. The bustling deep water harbour is central to the town’s success
and history. It offers shelter to over 7000 visiting yachts each year, a commercial
china clay port and anchorage for visiting cruise ships in the Summer months.
A trip on the river is a must to really explore the harbour and river upstream. Self
drive boats are available to hire from the town quay or for longer term hire please
see the details on our links page. There are also organised trips running from the
town quay depending on the tide times, upstream to Golant and Lerryn, two small villages
up river from Fowey.
All year round there are 2 ways to cross the river from Fowey, the foot passenger
ferry runs from Whitehouse slip or the Town Quay over to the town of Polruan. Meanwhile
from Caffa Mill at the end of town runs the car ferry over to Bodinnick. In the summer
there is also another passenger ferry running to the popular harbour of Mevagissey.
Regatta Week (3rd Week of August)
An action packed week when the town is alive with sailing races, firework displays,
competitions for the children, live music and carnival. The highlights of the week
are Red Arrows display over the harbour and the torchlight procession and fireworks
display on the last night of the Regatta. Children will love the crab catching contest,
the Giant Pasty which is ferried over from Polruan and a host of other entertainment
that is laid on during the course of the week.
At the harbour entrance is the sandy Readymoney Cove with a swimming platform to
swim out to in the summer and a great selection of rock pools. A walk over the cliffs
can take you to the secluded Coombe or Lantic bays with more beaches to discover
the further you have the energy to walk!
Fowey Festival of Words & Music (Formerly Du Maurier Festival)
Centred around the beautiful Fowey Hall hotel, this literary festival has become
a firm fixture in Fowey’s social calendar. Since it’s establishment the festival
has grown in profile recognising the links between Fowey and the famous author who
spent considerable time around the town.
Recent events have seen Rory McGrath, Lord David Owen and Dan Cruickshank amongst
many others participating in the festival.
The coastal paths are hard work but the views more than make up for this, the daymark
at Gribbin (right) makes for a good target to walk to. Otherwise the Hall Walk from
Polruan to Bodinnick gives some wonderful views back across to Fowey. Further upstream
the wooded banks of the river around Lerryn or Respryn, near to Lanhydrock house
give gentler but just as interesting walks.