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Places To Explore Close To Fowey In Cornwall

Author : Howard Evans

The popular Cornish town of Fowey (pronounced Foy rhyming with ‘Toy’) has much to offer those looking to take a short break or family holiday along the southern coastline of Cornwall. Whilst Fowey has many galleries, independent boutique shops, hotels, cafes and restaurants to browse and enjoy, the river Fowey also offers a great opportunity to explore the other local villages and wider surrounding areas. You’ll find that there’s plenty to see in Cornwall and many local attractions to visit just outside of Fowey.

The Village of Golant
Close by you will discover places like Golant located just a couple of miles up-river from Fowey. It’s a pretty waterside village that’s nestled along the banks of the river and enjoys spectacular views across the water. A haven for bird life, you’ll see Cormorants, Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, Ducks, Swans and many other birds on the water. During the warmer seasons there’s much boating activity too. Golant is often used as a stop off point during river boat trips in the summer months. The village is a lovely place to stay. Here you will find a secluded riverside hotel and 2 AA rosette restaurant with commanding river views from every room, balcony and dining table. There’s also a traditional pub which has live music entertainment. The village is perfectly tranquil and a special place to visit. Golant has a personality all of its own and makes a magical place to stay, with Fowey just a mere stone’s throw away.

The Village of Polruan
Polruan is an old fishing village and can be found just across the harbour from Fowey. Surrounded by water on 3 sides, it has strong connections with boat building in the past, and retains an unspoilt charm all of its own. Expect a maze of narrow streets, winding steps, a couple of pubs and a shop. There’s a passenger ferry service connecting to Fowey and it’s a haven for yachts and holiday makers. For the more energetic explorers, you can pick up the access point to the South West Coast Path at the top of the village and walk to the charming village of Polperro. It’s a challenging and rewarding walk and all worth the effort.

The Village of Bodinnick
The village of Bodinnick is at the landing point where the car ferry from Fowey arrives and can be found to the east of the river. It’s also where Daphne du Maurier’s house, Ferryside is located. Here you will find a 400 year old village inn and the starting point for the popular Hall Walk, a well-loved route. The village is very beautiful with steep narrow lanes leading to picture-perfect scenery extending to tiny villages, farmland, churches and tiny hamlets.

Many Attractions within 10 Miles of Fowey
Apart from having easy access to the world-famous visitor attraction ‘The Eden Project’, there are many other places to discover close by to Fowey. The historic town of Lostwithiel is about 9 miles away. This was once the capital of Cornwall and many of the buildings here are of historical interest such as the 13th Century St Bartholomew’s Church and Restormel Castle - now owned by English Heritage. Sitting proudly on the point of a hill, the castle is surrounded by a deep dry moat and is steeped in history – well worth a visit if you are in Lostwithiel. Lanhydrock House is also close – a National Trust property with glorious gardens containing rare trees and shrubs, and surrounded by 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. It’s considered to be one of the most beautiful National Trust properties in Cornwall, and the house has 50 rooms open to the public to view and be explored. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are well worth visiting, acclaimed as ‘the garden restoration of the century’ by the popular press. These were restored in 1992 after decades of overgrowth and neglect and now offer 200 acres of restored gardens to discover

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I am lucky enough to live and work in Devon and Cornwall. I often get to explore and visit many coastal towns, restaurants in Cornwall and hotels in Cornwall and have used these experiences to inform this article.

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