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A visit to Fowey whilst on a cottage holiday is essential. Fowey, pronounced ‘Foy’, is a brisk, bustling port with a busy maritime industry built from its position as the leading china-clay exporter of the nineteenth century. The pretty white washed houses cling to the hillside, extending for a mile or so along the river Fowey estuary, looking across at the neighbouring village of Polruan nestling on the opposite bank. The natural harbour swells with visiting yachts during the summer months, and as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with coastal walks, lovely beaches, a number of well-reputed seafood restaurants in town and providing a good access point from which to explore the region’s tourist attractions, it makes an enviable base for a holiday cottage stay.
An insight into the town’s varied history can be gained in the local Museum, or on one of the guided walks taking place during the main summer season. The natural harbour has required a number of defences down the years; visit St. Catherine’s Point and the castle remains on the Fowey side of the harbour, and the ruins of the square Polruan Blockhouse at the harbour entrance, both designed to keep marauders at bay. Stop in at St. Finbarrus church, a cool retreat on a hot day, then discover Fowey’s top-drawer literary connections at the adjoining Daphne Du Maurier Literary Centre.
For those with a keen interest in literature, various themed walks have been created which are available from the tourist office. Fowey’s main beach is Readymoney Cove, which gets very busy in peak season, but there are a number of excellent beaches along the coast in both directions, Polridmouth Cove, Whitehouse and Polruan Quay being the closest; the latter two at low tide only. Alternatively, enjoy the coast and the estuary from the water on one of the many available boat trips, particularly the half hour cruise to lovely Mevagissey or a quick trip across the estuary to wander the narrow main street and harbour of tiny Polruan; all boat tours begin from the Town Quay. Fishing trips can be organised locally; other sports well served are golf at nearby Lostwithiel and St. Austell courses, and horse riding at several equestrian centres in the vicinity. A number of outlying towns and villages merit a visit; particularly Lostwithiel with its restaurants, cafes, pubs and proliferation of antique shops and nearby fortress Restormel Castle, and charming Golant, with a pretty local pub and church, parts of which date from the 13th century.
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