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Fowey


Fowey South Cornwall
Fowey is a quaint waterside town on the banks of the Fowey River on Cornwall's south coast, near to St Austell. The narrow streets and traditional whitewashed cottages give Fowey a real sense of being untouched by time and is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sitting near the mouth of the estuary, Fowey is a beautiful and exclusive village and a great place to holiday in Cornwall.

A thriving maritime port and a popular area for sailing and kayaking, Fowey has plenty of waterside activities to take part in. You can hire a boat or take a pleasure trip up the river, a passenger ferry also runs from the quay over to Polruan, a smaller village on the opposite side of the river. A car ferry crosses the river between Fowey and Bodinnick where Daphne du Maurier lived when many of her famous novels were written, from here you can drive inland to the peaceful village of Lerryn or stay by the coast and head towards Looe and Polperro.

Fowey is a busy town with many shops, a museum and galleries to explore. With a huge array of restaurants, pubs and cafes in the village, there's plenty of places to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings whilst you have a bite to eat. There's breathtaking walks across the coast path to explore the landscape, you can walk to Polruan or go on the Fowey west walk to Polridmouth to see Gribbin head lighthouse in the distance. There are two blockhouses built around 1380 situated on either side of the mouth of the estuary, one in Polruan and the other in Fowey, a huge chain between the two was used to protect the villages from unwanted ships.

Every year in May, Fowey hosts the Festival of Words and Music (previously known as the Daphne du Maurier Festival) which includes talks, interviews, creative and practical exhibitions, theatre and music concerts. In the third week of August the Fowey Royal Regatta takes place to celebrate the maritime heritage of the area and is a hugely popular event in Cornwall.

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