Fowey in the Sun - and a cooling sea breeze


What glorious weather we are having – warmer than Hawaii, or so a national newspaper announced today! What better time is there to seek refuge from the heat in the sea-breeze of Fowey harbour.

If you haven’t been to Fowey it is a picturesque harbour town, with quaint, narrow streets, stunning views, shops and eateries and all oozing charm. Only a short drive 30-minute drive from Tregolls Farm it is a little less busy than its Northern counterpart, Padstow, but still a great day out.

Explore There are boat trips round as far as Mevagissey, or up to Lostwithiel, but if you just want a taste of the sea rather than a full scale voyage a short walk from the shops you can pick up the Polruan Passenger Ferry. This operate very regularly throughout the day and for just a couple of pounds it will whisk you over the river to Polruan where you can see Fowey in all its glory, have a pint at the local pub or wander the walkways between the houses clinging to the hillside before catching the ferry back.

Shop Many of your favourite shops will be evident here, but a good many more will be unique boutiques crammed with beautiful clothes, jewellery, homeware, art, and even an shop full of reconditioned ship lanterns! Memorable amongst these is a new clothes shop called Gandys with comfortably wearable clothes, made with sumptuous soft cottons, set up “By orphans for orphans” as two Brits, orphaned by the 2004 Tsunami set up this amazing business with 10% of profits being used to help educate orphans in other parts of the world, particularly Sri Lanka. There is also the beautiful glass studio of Jo Down to marvel at with her stunning shoals of glass fish.

Eat There’s something delicious for every pocket, whether it’s a Cornish pasty from any one of the numerous bakeries, delicious pub food, often specialising in fresh fish dishes, or some very special eateries for those grand occasions, such as Quay House Restaurant or the brand new Havener’s bar and grill by celebrity chef James Strawbridge (opening Monday 18th July). There are also a few ice cream shops/parlours with local ice cream of all flavours – top tip: the ginger ice cream is a surprise favourite!

Parking Park in the top car park for maximum impact as you walk down into the town (and there’s the town bus if you can’t bear the idea of the walk back up!) For those who are better walking on the flat, park in the smaller carpark near the Boddinick Ferry.

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