There is nothing better, than the view of Fowey Harbour from the top of Polruan, or from the Old Ferry Inn at Bodinnick, opposite Daphne du Maurier's old house "Ferryside". The best views however, are to be found along the Hall Walk, that can be reached along a footpath from near the top of Bodinnick hill, above the Old Ferry Inn. It is sign-posted, and gives some excellent views out over both Fowey and Polruan. The walk is said to have been a lot more ornate, in a 16th and 17th century ornamental promenade kind of way, when used once by King Charles I in 1644 (still with head at the time), looking out across the harbour at opposing Roundhead forces on the Fowey side. He was clearly a good target, as someone took a pot shot at him while he was promenading. The shot missed, leaving him to his eventual fate.
Polruan means "Pol" as in harbour, cove or anchorage, and "ruan" as in a name - Ruan's Cove.
Square rig ships are still seen in Fowey harbour, and still repaired in the yards at Polruan.
Polruan is smaller than the larger Fowey on the opposite side of the harbour, but it is also the older.
The Blockhouse in Polruan originally housed a chain that stretched to a similar blockhouse on the Fowey side, that was able to be raised up across the harbour entrance. It was originally used to defend the harbour against attacking French pirates, but on more than one occasion, was used to stop the local "Fowey Gallants" from going out and attacking the French, after peace had broken out!
'Tis a very Cornish harbour!
See also the Fowey Harbour pages for more photographs of the harbour.
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