Details

  • Start: Fowey
  • End: Fowey
  • Country: England
  • County: Cornwall
  • Type: Beach
  • Nearest pub: Lots in Fowey, 2 pubs in Polruan, 1 in Bodinnick
  • Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey Explorer 107
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This is a longish walk from beautiful Fowey. A walk of many contrasts, entirely within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, writes Pete Maxted

Footsteps over Fowey


This is a longish walk from beautiful Fowey. A walk of many contrasts, entirely within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, writes Pete Maxted


The best place to start this walk is at Fowey but if you are coming from the east of the county you may prefer to start at Polruan. If so the main car park is above the village on the seaward side.



Information:



Distance: 6.3 miles
Exertion: Moderate
Start: Fowey main car park
Terrain: Coast path with one steep climb, fields, minor roads, woods.
Child/dog friendly: No dogs in summer on beaches. Steep cliffs. Cattle grazing
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 107
Refreshments: Lots in Fowey, 2 pubs in Polruan, 1 in Bodinnick
Public Transport: Click here for information
By bike: Back roads from St Austell station (about ten miles). Parts of National Cycle Route 3



Boots on, let's go!


1Begin at the main car park at the top of the town. Walk down the hill almost to the water and turn right. The ferry to Polruan (not very well signed) is about two hundred yards on the left. Passenger charges are currently 1.50 each way.


2 At Polruan turn right and follow the track to the old blockhouse. There were originally two, one here and the other at Fowey built end of the 14th century to protect the harbour from pirates and the French. A chain was pulled up across the river between the two blockhouses to stop vessels entering the harbour.


3 Retrace your steps for a few yards and follow the coast path up around the point with spectacular views west to Gribbin Head. Keep walking east on the path as it winds up and down over the cliffs.


4 After one and a half miles you will be above Great Lantic Beach (superb sand and swimming); here you turn inland on the path marked to the car park. At the little road turn right and then first left towards Churchtown Farm and the little church in the woods.


5 Before the farm there is a footpath (track) on your right. After two fields take the path left to Carne and then the windy track left down to the road. Turn right and after about a hundred yards there is a private drive on the left and a footpath climbing right up through woods (easy to miss).


6 As you come out of the woods the path divides and you have a choice. Follow the path across the fields (steep) and you pass the remains of a chapel before descending to Bodinnick. The alternative path skirts the woods as it goes round the point with lovely views down river to Polruan. You pass the memorial to Q (Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch), if you take this route.


7 Either way you come down to Bodinnick and the chain car ferry that runs across to the top of Fowey. On the western side, turn left off the ferry and follow the road back into the centre of Fowey.


This walk is entirely within the Cornwall AONB (South Coast Eastern section). See www.cornwall-aonb.gov.uk for further details.

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