Fowey, in mid Cornwall, is ideally situated for exploring both the north & south coasts of Cornwall
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Fowey is in the South Coast (Eastern Section) of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies at on the Saints' Way and has ferries across the river to Polruan (by foot) and Bodinnick (vehicle). There are many historic buildings in the town, including the ruins of St Catherine's Castle, whilst Readymoney Cove possesses a small local beach.
Fowey has thrived as a port for hundreds of years, initially as a trading and naval town, then as the centre for china clay exports. Today Fowey is busy with trawlers and yachts.
DID YOU KNOW..?
Popular legend has it that Jesus visited Fowey as a child, along with Joseph of Arimathea who was a merchant visiting local tin mines in which he had a commercial interest!
Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a small town and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey. It's a quaint Cornish town with an rich & interesting history and has thrived as a port for hundreds of years, the main importance being because of it's depth. In the past it has been visited by up to 7,000 yachts in one season. Almost all sections of the river have been paddled by kayakers and canoeists: the whitewater sections high up on Bodmin Moor (once known as Fowey Moor), all the way down to the estuary. Fowey also has an excellent local chandlery.
The river runs through two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one of which is also part of a National Nature Reserve (NNR). The Fowey valley is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty frequented by many hikers, holidaymakers and tourists. The river has special paths made for hiking and walking along the banks and in the countryside surrounding the towns, allowing you to get a great view of the local environment. Hall Walk is of particular interest.