Fowey Town & Harbour
If we were to pick our favourite
place on the coast of South East Cornwall, it would perhaps have
to be Polruan and Fowey, and the beautiful Fowey harbour and
estuary, where we love to sail. The area around Fowey, Bodinnick
and Tywardreath is very much "Daphne du Maurier"
country, and for nothing better, view the harbour from the top of Polruan, or from the Old Ferry Inn at Bodinnick, opposite Daphne du
Maurier's old house "Ferryside". For views of Ferryside, see the
Fowey takes its name from the river that it
lies at the mouth of - the River Fowey, or in Cornish, the river of "Fow-wydh"
or beech trees. Fowey should be pronounced FOY (as in boy), and most
definitely not, as some may think, as FOU-Wee (as in now!). Say it
like that, and you won't get served the best pasty!
Fowey Harbour and the Town Quay, and the harbour entrance, as seen from the Hall Walk
Kenneth Grahame spent much time in Fowey,
indeed was married here, and his wonderful story "The Wind in The
Willows" was inspired by Fowey, and the riversides up to Lerryn
inspired the Wild Wood. He liked nothing more than just "messing
about in boats", just as Ratty did, and then of course there is
Sea-Rat's famous description...
A short look around
"...the little grey sea town I
know so well, that clings along one steep side of the harbour. There
through dark doorways you look down flights of stone steps, overhung by
great pink tufts of valerian and ending in a patch of sparkling blue
water. The little boats that lie tethered to the rings and stanchions of
the old sea wall are as gaily painted as those I clambered in and out of
in my own childhood; the salmon leap on the flood-tide, schools of
mackerel flash and play past quaysides and foreshores, and by the
windows the great vessels glide, night and day, up to their moorings or
forth to the open sea."
Fowey Harbour and Town seen from Polruan
Sailing in and around Fowey Harbour (Fowey used
to be called Foy or Foye) is wonderful. It can be summed up in no better way,
than in the little quirky verse by Arthur Quiller-Couch (known as
"Oh the harbour of Fowey
Is a beautiful spot
And it's there I enjowey
To sail in a yot;
Or to race in a yacht
Round a mark or a buoy -
Such a beautiful spacht
Is the harbour of Fuoy!"
Entering Fowey Harbour by boat
Fowey Town from the harbour
Fowey harbour front
The Ship Inn in Fowey, a favourite pub!
"The King of Prussia" (in her old
colours) harbour-side pub - named after a famous smuggler!
"The King of Prussia" (in her new
colours!) and Town Quay
St. Fimbarrus Church in Fowey (a Latinised version of St Finn Barr,
who crossed Cornwall from Cork on pilgrimage to Rome, and built a small church here)
St. Fimbarrus Church
"Q"'s House in Fowey
Looking upriver from Fowey, past the
China Clay berths to Mixtow and Penmarlem Quay
Fowey Harbour still maintains the
Rod and line fishing in the harbour
Fowey harbour entrance and the wide
Visit the Fowey
Harbour page for more photographs in and around the harbour,
or the Fowey Shipping page for China Clay
and other shipping in the harbour.
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