There's plenty to do for all ages on the river Fowey










Polruan Fishing - Motor boats can be hired from Fowey by the day or the week, if taken for several days a mooring at Polruan can be arranged so that you can us go straight to your boat load up and get out, then you have a choice of the river Fowey and its side valley off shoots, or the Harbour wall or Rocks at the old Castle gate house are also good. Be prepared this river is full of fish but they are not easy. Large Mullet in the rivers best caught on light tackle (Roach type of rods best) Salmon and trout also to be had up the river. John Dory in the harbour and all other species also, be warned this harbour is up to 50ft deep in parts so many types to be had. There are a couple of river side pubs up river and many little beaches to land at and be alone, all that's required is keep it tidy and take a little rubbish away so as to help preserve this place.

Dan Gummow offers sea fishing trips aboard his 9 metre Cygnus Cyclone fast fishing vessel, "Borlewen".  His services include 2 hour mackerel trips, 8 hour plus shark fishing, or 4 to 8 hour reef fishing trips.   All equipment is provided but you should double check when you book.  

River Trips - These trips are dependent on the high spring tide so only run for a few days about every two weeks. They last around three hours and will visit either Lerryn or Lostwithiel. You will usually have just under an hour to explore once you arrive. The boatmen display boards on Town Quay advertising when these trips run and normally they need to be booked in advance, more information is available from the blue hut on Town Quay.

Just 3 miles from the park at Penmarlam Quay tucked away in the boatyard this cafe has lovely views over the marina and river. Open all day through the season serving hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and mouthwatering evening meals as well as drinks, home-made cakes and ice-creams. Licensed. From Fowey you can hire a boat and take a trip up this magnificent stretch of the estuary where you may see cormorants, egrets, mallards, swans, herons and kingfishers that make this part of the river their home, stop off at Golant and take a rest at the Fisherman’s Arms and then head-on to the stunning village of Lerryn where the village green lies beside the water’s edge, Kenneth Graham based Wind in the Willows and the tales of Ratty and Mole on the riverbanks here.


Sea Fishing: in Fowey area. The entrance to the river is a great place to fish and fishing from the rocks on either the east or west side should produce mackerel, bass, dogfish and flatfish. Some decent sized mullet can be caught around here, especially in the river. You could also catch yourself a congor.


BOAT HIRE: Welcome to Fowey river hire where anyone can have a fabulous fun day on the river. Great for all outdoor adventurers looking to explore Cornwall. We are a friendly family run business set in the heart of Fowey. We have a large selection of kayaks, stand up paddle boards and self drive boats to hire. You can discover your very own adventure or join one of our guided kayak tours with an accompanying safety boat and guide, perfect for those with little or no experience. Whether you self hire or go guided, We will give you the advice to ensure you have a very memorable adventure.


YOUR DAY ON THE RIVER: Travel independently for several miles of the Fowey River enjoying the fabulous scenery and wildlife from a kayak

The Fowey river is surrounded by wooded slopes and water meadows mostly owned by the National Trust, with nature reserves, salt marsh and bird sanctuaries on either side. The whole area is teeming with Herons, Wildfowl, Cormorants, and even Kingfishers, and, quietly gliding by, you can get closer to them than you have ever been.


FANCY TRYING YOUR SKILLS AT WINDSURFING: Teaches you the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment, enabling you to sail to where you want to go and sail back to where you started. The course is predominantly water-based, but includes theory and practical sessions ashore, such as rigging and de-rigging a sail. You will receive on water coaching by your instructor, who will have a safety boat to hand.

STEVE'S up-river boat hire , past Fowey's iconic Troy sailing boats. All safety equipment and fuel are included in the price. Hire from half-hour to a full week. Experience the freedom of the river while others greenly gaze.



Fowey to Mevagissey Ferry

Combine a visit to two of Cornwall’s most picturesque and contrasting ports

with a return ferry trip across St Austell Bay between Fowey and Mevagissey

The crossing takes approximately 35 minutes.

Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Tickets are sold on board (including return leg).

Dogs are welcome (free) - cycles by prior arrangement.

You may not see basking sharks, dolphins, gannets or the odd warship (but you might!). 

You can be sure of an interesting and enjoyable day out.