Sailing, Fishing, Walking and Cycling in Fowey South Cornwall
Lots To Do And Places To Visit
The Port of Fowey has much to offer with its unspoilt narrow streets and quality shops and galleries. It has a natural harbour and is a haven for sailing; river trips depart daily. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes, and ferries link Fowey to Polruan & Bodinnick.
The famous Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts & Literature is held every May and features various events and artists. Fowey Regatta & Carnival week is held in August and there is plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family.
Charlestown has an attractive Georgian harbour with lock gate. The village is the home of several square rigged sailing ships which can often be seen in the harbour. It is a well known location for filming all over the world. The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre offers visitors a fascinating insight into the history of Charlestown and shipwrecks.
Lostwithiel lies at the end of the Fowey valley and was Cornwall's capital town back in the 13th Century. Today it is renowed for its variety of antique shops, old buildings and tudor bridge. It hosts regular auctions and antiques fairs.
Restormel Castle The 12th Century castle, originally built by the Normans, lies to the north of Lostwithiel town. The grounds are ideal for picnics with splendid views across wooded valleys.
Mevagissey is an attractive 15th Century fishing village with its own small working harbour. It has pretty tiny streets; you can browse the gift shops and there are many restaurants serving local fish dishes. There is the Fowey to Mevagissey Ferry that takes about 45 minutes (weather permitting).
Looe is a busy Cornish fishing port and still operates a fish auction market weekdays. It also has a beach and is popular for crabbing, or you can meander through the streets and visit the gift shops.
Polperro is a gem with its quaint narrow streets and busy harbour for boat trips, and has a small beach at low tide. You can take a ride to and from the car park by horse drawn carriage to save on the walking.
The Eden Project Three gigantic biomes in a former Cornish Clay pit with stunning exotic plants and wonderful architecture. This is certainly a must to visit and is one of Cornwall's top visitor attractions.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Once lost for 75 years under bramble and ivy this has been restored to one of the top gardens in Cornwall - well worth a visit and also has an excellent farm shop of local produce.
Lanhydrock House near Bodmin A National Trust property dating from the 17th Century. A Victorian country house set in woods and parkland. The garden is renowned for its beautiful Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias.
Pencarrow House & Gardens A magnificent historic Georgian manor house with charm and character for you to visit.
Bodmin & Wenford Steam Rail A 6 mile heritage railway offers a nostalgic countryside trip on steam hauled trains.
Truro is a bustling Cathedral City with its Georgian cobbled streets, and is excellent for shopping. It has the Hall for Cornwall theatre and museum.
The beautiful Cathedral is well worth a visit.
Padstow on the north coast is very popular with cyclists who ride along the Camel trail from Wadebridge, following the estuary with abundant wildlife and wonderful scenery and, of course, you can dine in the famous Rick Stein restaurant.
Pubs and Restaurants
There are a lot of pubs and restaurants in the local area to suit most tastes. Pasties, saffron cake and cream teas are a Cornish favourite. Remember, if you plan to dine at Rick Stein’s in Padstow or Jamie Oliver’s 15 Restaurant at Watergate, Newquay, you will need to book well in advance.
The stunning coast line is the finest in Cornwall, with numerous paths for walkers; or just stroll along the cliffs tops with your binoculars for some birdwatching. Golant is known for its river birds and is home to cormorants, egrets, mallards, swans, Canada geese, kingfishers and herons. Take a scenic river trip and see the wildlife.
Beaches, sand castles and damming streams are a child's dream with Readymoney cove, Polkerris, Polridmouth, Par, Charlestown and Porthpean beaches, to name but a few, within the local area. Sunsets and stormy seas are spectacular.
The golfer is spoilt for choice with five courses within 20 minutes drive from Golant: Carlyon Bay, Lanhydrock, Lostwithiel, St Austell & Porthpean. There is plenty of variety so there is no need to leave those golf clubs at home. There are many more courses within an hour’s drive.
Horse riding - There are stables for pony treking or horse riding nearby.
Cycling – There are many off road cycle trails and routes in the area.
Swimming pools – The Dragon Leisure Centre at Bodmin or Polkyth Leisure centre at St Austell.
River trips self drive hire boats, sailing, sea fishing, canoeing can all be arranged from the Town Quay at Fowey.
Fly Fishing – there is a lake close by for fly fishing.