Fowey; Pronounced Foy to rhyme with Joy! Situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey, Fowey is not only an historic town but also a commercial seaport. Over the centuries Fowey has grown and now stretches for about a mile along the west bank of the River Fowey to the mouth of the river. Situated on the opposite bank, also at the mouth of the river, is the village of Polruan. A regular passenger ferry connects the two and further up river a car ferry runs from Fowey to Bodinnick on the other side of the river.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey has much to offer with something for everyone. A natural harbour, it is a haven for yachtsmen and we have had as many as 7,000 visiting yachts in a season. Fowey is an exporting port for china clay and as such you may see the ships making their way in and out of the harbour. Over the last few years Fowey has been a popular destination for several cruise liners, whose passengers are able to enjoy the delights of the town. What a sight to see these enormous ships come through the narrow harbour entrance, turn in the middle of the river and be pulled upstream to their mooring, the commercial jetties are concealed by a natural bend in the river.
If you are interested in walking, albeit a gentle stroll along the Esplanade on a warm summer's evening or a hike around the cliffs, then there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The town boasts an excellent selection of quality shops and galleries, many exhibiting local works. If you are looking for refreshment be it a pint, a cream tea, fish and chips, a family meal or a gourmet dinner for a special occasion, then there is something to suit all tastes.
Fowey is a very special place and has been home to many famous people over the years.
Packed tightly into a steep valley on either side of the River Pol, the quaint colour-washed cottages and twisting streets offer surprises at every turn: the Saxon and Roman bridges, the famous House on Props, the old Watch House, and the fish quay with its protected inner harbour full of colourful boats. Polperro is still a working fishing village, although tourism provides the main source of income. Attractions include a Museum of Smuggling and a Model Village.
WALK THE COAST PATH OR TAKE THE BUS
The Olde Twin Towns of Looe East & West Looe are connected by the Victorian seven arch bridge just seawards from where the east and west Looe Rivers meet, flowing out to sea through the harbour where the fishing boats land their catch, the river then goes out past the banjo pier to the sea leaving the sandy east Looe beach. Looe is full of charming narrow streets and traditional buildings, with penalty shops, pubs, restaurants, takeaways, and a Museum.
Lerryn Well hidden from the tourist trail the stunning village spreads itself around both banks of the Lerryn Creek with a central village green beside the waterside which commands views down river to seemingly endless and uninterrupted forest and creek, inspiration to writers, artists and all who visit.
On the east bank of the River Fowey, Lerryn Creek is home to many birds and the pretty ruin of a mill, the last to function on a site which had seen mills for the previous 700 years. Situated in a valley, walks around here take you through woodland and farmland and alongside the river said to have inspired Kenneth Graham in his writing of Tales of the Riverbank. Those who prefer to explore on horseback may want to visit the award winning stables at nearby St Veep.
Lerryn village has a local Port Office and stores and a pub, the Ship Inn.
The perfect place for an afternoon Cornish cream tea beside the river on the village green, or an evening meal and a stroll along the river banks.