We first discovered Fowey (rhymes with joy) in Cornwall when we were footloose and fancy free. I will always remember our little modern apartment set back from the main street heading into town, and how we enjoyed frequenting the pubs and restaurants in the area over a course of a week. And Fowey really does have some fine dining establishments…
Since having Monkey, we’ve been back to stay on a couple of occasions and I will always continue to be captivated by this bustling small port which sits at the mouth of the stunning Fowey Estuary. The views, particularly on a sunny day, are just mesmerising as the water sparkles, and the boats meander lazily across…
Fowey may not be as famous as some of its more popular neighbours Padstow and St Ives but nevertheless, it’s still sought-after Cornish destination because it has so much to offer in terms of accommodation, restaurants and activities.
From Fowey you are in close proximity to so many attractions such as The Eden Project or The Lost Gardens of Heligan. But if you don’t fancy venturing too far, then there are also several things to do right on Fowey’s doorstep.
Eat seafood at Sams
Our first time at Sams saw us devour a seafood platter of epic proportions. You name it, calamari, prawns, fish, mussels… and all freshly caught that day. Back then Sams on the main high street was their only eatery but over the years, they’ve expanded all over Cornwall, because that’s how good, and popular, they are. A Fowey institution which we will always visit!
Paddle in Readymoney Cove
Set right next to the harbour and at the mouth of the Estuary is a tiny little cove with soft sand and gentle waters. The perfect spot to play with young children and get your feet wet. Above the Cove, sits a former coach house and the home of author Daphne du Maurier, and to one side, St Catherine’s Castle – which protected the coastline from invasion during several different wars.
Take the ferry to Mevagissey
What better way to enjoy the delights of Fowey than from the water… Plus the added bonus of taking the Mevagissey passenger ferry is that you get to visit this popular fishing village, too. Not only does Meva (as the locals call it) have some great restaurants, bars and shops but a walk up to the cliff-top provides a breathtaking view across St Austell Bay.
Marvel at Cornish marine life
It may only be small, but Fowey Aquarium certainly packs a punch in terms of its Cornish marine life. Situated in the historic Fowey Town Quay, the aquarium has a wide range of fish from the tiny gobies and shannies to Conger eels which inhabit deep wrecks! Children will especially enjoy the touch pool where they can pick up a shore crab or have their fingers tickled by prawns.
Take a guided walk
The ancient fishing village of Polruan lies just across the water from Fowey and boasts tales of pirates, mariners, shipbuilders and literary links. The Fowey Harbour Heritage Society provides guided walking tours of not only Fowey, but Polruan and the Estuary. Be prepared for steep climbs, however, so these may not be suitable for young children or people with mobility issues.
* This article was written in collaboration with Cornish Horizons