The Fowey Estuary

The Fowey Estuary

St Catherine's Point & Castle, Fowey

St Catherine's Point & Castle, Fowey

Great for walkers as well as watersports and sailing fans, Fowey on the South Cornwall coast sits adjacent to the Saints Way which winds up towards Padstow on the north coast. You can also head off along the South West Coast Path up from Readymoney Beach on the town's outskirts. Fowey contains beautiful cove beaches like Readymoney, a popular beach for bathing with author Daphne Du Maurier who lived nearby. Fowey's enchanting town centre with pretty main Fore Street and a network of narrow streets is packed with tearooms, craft shops and old inns, and Fowey has a stunning historic harbour where you can pick up a wide choice of boat trips. A visit to the little Fowey Museum near the harbour is not to be missed, housed in one of the town's oldest buildings dating from the 15th century. Fascinating artefacts explore the history of the harbour, literary and maritime heritage, and you'll learn all about the plunders of the Fowey Gallants here!

Fowey Waterfront

Fowey Waterfront

Explore the estuary and coastline and book a Fowey canoe or boat trip. Wind in the Willows river trips are inspired by Kenneth Grahame's novel of the same name. The town sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a top spot for foodie lovers - Fowey River Mussels are a delicacy in the area and the centre contains a wide choice of bistros, old inns, fine restaurants and cafes serving up best local Cornish produce. Fowey's Royal Regatta annually in August attracts huge crowds, or visit in December, and enjoy the Fowey Christmas Market. It's an annual two day event that starts with a Christmas BBQ accompanied by festive music, and includes stalls, a procession and the official Christmas light switch-on. There are carol performances, Christmas nativity plays and the Hog Roast, as well as live entertainment in many Fowey pubs.

Fowey Museum

Fowey Museum

Castles & Attractions

St Catherine's Castle ruins at the headland point overlooking the estuary are easily reached via the coast path from Fowey centre, up from Readymoney Beach. Another local castle situated just outside Fowey near Lostwithiel is Restormel Castle. It's a typical motte and bailey castle built around 1100 with a deep moat around it. Visit the aquarium situated under the Town Hall on Town Quay or laze on Fowey Quay and enjoy a choice of cafes, real ale pubs, arts and crafts shops and stalls. Take a boat trip - there's a wide choice of trips to nearby villages or up the estuary to Lostwithiel and further up the coast to picture postcard Mevagissey fishing village around St Austell Bay.

Royal Regatta

Fowey's Royal Regatta takes place in Mid August (usually the third full week) annually, and is a superb sailing event with lots going on, not just on the water, but on land as well. Many of the events are free, and great for families. These include firework displays on the Quay, Red Arrow Displays, Raft Races, activities for kids, Grand Draws and Carnival Processions. Live music is also hosted on the town's quay. Daily sailing races range from full on cruiser racing, to children's dinghy races. All the key sailing organisations, including Fowey Yacht Club and Fowey Gallants Sailing Club, are involved.

Fowey Sailing

Fowey Sailing

Boat Trips & Sailing

Take your pick of boat trips from Fowey across the estuary to Polruan, or in the peak summer season hop aboard the ferry service from Fowey to Mevagissey, taking in beautiful coastal views of Readymoney Beach, St Catherine's Point and the remains of St Catherine's Castle along the way! Fowey River and Sea Cruises offer a choice of boat trips which include a 45 minute tour of the harbour, boat trips to nearby Georgian town Charlestown once a centre for China Clay export, and leisurely boat trips to beautiful historic fishing village Polperro, just 6 miles east of Fowey. Alternatively turn inwards up the estuary river to Lostwithiel where, when you arrive, you can join a guided walk around this historic Cornish town.

Water Taxis

Fowey Water Taxi services operate from May to September making it easy to move around the estuary, with services including the Polruan Ferry running between Polruan Quay and Fowey or Whitehouse Quay. The Bodinnick Car & Passenger Ferry runs between Caffa Mill and Bodinnick Slipways, and across the summer season around 4 to 6 ferries operate to and from Mevagissey pushing across St Austell Bay, and landing at Whitehouse Quay.

Walking

A selection of beautiful villages like Polruan, Bodinnick and Point surround Fowey and a great way to explore them is via the Hall Walk, a circular trail which pushes around the lower harbour. There are also coastal strolls around Gribbin and Lantic Bay and pretty riverside walks around Lerryn and Lostwithiel. Pick up leaflets or book a guided walk at Fowey's central tourist information centre.

Readymoney Cove Beach, Fowey

Readymoney Cove Beach, Fowey

Beaches

Fowey beaches include Whitehouse Beach located just off the esplanade, only a 5 to 10 minute stroll from the centre. One of the town's most popular beaches is Readymoney Cove Beach situated at the estuary mouth close to St Catherine's Point and Castle. More sheltered beach bays sit west of Fowey including hidden gem Polridmouth Beach and Polkerris. Fowey is surrounded by some of Cornwall's best family friendly beach bays around St Austell Bay just to the west such as Par Sands.

Accommodation in Fowey

  • Par   (3.2 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    Pub inn situated in St Austell providing comfortable bed and breakfast in Cornwall. Rooms of varying sizes, suitable for individuals, couples and families.
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    With a stay at The Fowey Hotel in Fowey (South Cornish Coast), you'll be minutes from St. Catherine's Castle. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Charlestown Harbour and...
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  • Fowey   (0.1 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    A cosy apartment, on one level, just a short stroll from the centre of Fowey. Ideally situated on the Esplanade it offers comfortable accommodation for up to 4 people in walking...
     
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  • Fowey   (1.0 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    Quietly positioned by the side of the River Fowey, Merrifield is a tranquil holiday home with appeal especially for birdwatchers, people who enjoy messing around in boats and wa...
     
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  • Fowey   (0.1 miles from the centre of Fowey)
    Sleeps 4
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    A beautiful property with exceptional views of the harbour from its elevated position. The living area is also upstairs to take advantage of this. Fowey with its individual shop...
     
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  • Polruan   (0.8 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    Spectacularly situated camping and caravan pitches on the edge of Polruan village just a few metres from the coast path with WiFi, on-site shop, laundry room and hot showers.
     
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  • Fowey   (0.4 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    In a fantastic location overlooking the harbour, Castle Green Cottage provides light and airy accommodation for up to 4 people. With unusual windows and modern furnishings it is...
     
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  • Polruan   (0.4 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    A spacious and elegant property quietly positioned in the village of Polruan providing a great place to holiday with friends and family. The mature gardens are a delightful plac...
     
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  • Lostwithiel   (2.4 miles from the centre of Fowey)
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    Clovertown is a beautiful house located in an idyllic setting close to the River Fowey. The garden leads down to the river where many estuary birds can be seen and if you have a...
     
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  • Fowey   (0.1 miles from the centre of Fowey)
    Sleeps 6
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    Yardam Cottage is a modern holiday home with the privilege of having a garden with river views. The rooms are light and spacious with many windows and if watching the boats make...
     
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