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Fowey Cornwall

Fowey Cornwall

Fowey Cornwall

Fowey (pronounced Foy, to rhyme with boy) is a historic seafaring town and excellent place to spend a day or use as a base for a holiday. With its narrow winding streets and fantastic views that seem to appear around every corner, Fowey Cornwall has something for everyone.

Fowey and the surrounding area was the home of Daphne du Maurier and provided inspiration for many of her novels including her first, The Loving Spirit, which she wrote whilst living at Ferryside, the old boathouse which overlooks Fowey from across the estuary at Bodinnick. View Fowey picture gallery.

Fowey, as with many places in Cornwall, is quiet in the winter but busy in summer with a lively and cosmopolitan feel down by the harbour side. Fowey Cornwall has excellent facilities including plenty of restaurants, cafes, pubs and take-aways together with a variety of shops and galleries selling art, crafts, clothes, souvenirs and much more. Public toilets are in the centre of Fowey, by the harbour.

Fowy can also offer a town museum, tourist information centre, Daphne du Maurier literacy centre and du Maurier yearly festival.

Fowey Estuary is busy with small boats of various kinds is fun to sit and watch over a cream tea or glass of wine. You can also catch the foot ferry across to Polruan a cute village across the estuary (view boat rides Cornwall for more information)

Fowey CornwallThere is excellent walking in all directions from Fowey, although much of it is quite steep. There is a lovely circular walk from Fowey town to the beach, through the wood and back round to the town. You can also take the ferry across to Polruan or do the three ferry walk.

View Fowey Cornwall photo gallery

There is plenty of parking on the outskirts of Fowey which is well signed on entering. (It is a Council car park and quite expensive though and a rip off if you want to arrive before and stay after 6pm as the evening tariff clicks in and payment made before this time does not carry over, you have to return to your car and pay again. Aim to leave by or arrive at 6pm.) The walk from the car park to the village is very steep and the return in particular is only suitable for the fit. In the summer months a small bus runs from the car park to Fowey town every 15 minutes or so which is reasonably priced and free with an OAP bus pass. Out of season it is possible to brave the narrow streets to drop off someone who may struggle in the village and then return to park in the car park. Parking in the town itself is extremely limited.

If you are venturing out from Fowey then nearby places are the town of St Austell with busy shopping centre, the chocolate box village of Charlestown Cornwall often with the tall sail ship in the harbour, antique hunter's delight Lostwithiel and slightly further way the busy seaside town of Looe or pretty harbour of Polperro Cornwall.


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