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“The Fowey Estuary” 5 of 5 stars
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Fowey Estuary
Fowey, England
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Fowey
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Fowey, United Kingdom
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“The Fowey Estuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have lived here for a dozen years, and still think this is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. There are some 'don'ts' - do not drive through Fowey, and do not expect to see the true character of this area from a car window, and it is an estuary, and full of narrow lanes and steep hills. So walk (park in boat park near Bodinnick Ferry), canoe, hire a motor-boat (or bring your own) and the best views are from the middle of the river!
If you walk, follow the Saints' Way from Fowey to Golant (and eat at Golant's excellent 'Fisherman's Arms' right by the water), or go on the Hall Walk - or just saunter through Fowey. You can visit Polruan on the foot-ferry, too, and from there you can walk to Lantic Bay - strenuous but well worth the effort.
There are plenty of opportunities to hire a canoe, and if on the water in something not too large, then do explore the almost deserted creeks (or Pills, as they are called) - Pont, Mixtow, Penpoll. Fowey to Lerryn and Fowey to Lostwithiel are great trips, but only on a rising tide, and a spring tide at that.
Please do not make lots of noise, and do not leave litter - this is a jewel of a place and should be treated as such.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent views, very steep slopes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We made a whistle-stop tour of this area, primarily as Menabilly is in the area, though unfortunately that is not open for viewing. Fowey was exceptionally pretty and is the quintessential Cornish town. There are excellent views of the estuary and the town is very pleasant.

However, if steep slopes are not your thing then avoid like the plague. The path into town from the main car park was virtually vertical in places. This leads to rather a painful walk back to the car, though I understand there is a bus.

Visited July 2013
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“One of the best views in Corwall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Lovely views of busy river Fowey, leading into the harbour and sea. Lots of boat traffic going up and down the river. Get out there and take one of the self drive boats out. Really good fun and not too expensive. Lovely chilled way to spend an afternoon.

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“Picture post card town”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We went to go Kayaking at Fowey. The leaflets did not give a good indication of location, driving through the town is a nighmare, it should be pedestrians only. Hire of the Kayaks was not bad value for money then after paying we were hitwwith the news that we would have to lug these things through the town up and down steep hills and narrow streets. End result sprained wrist, pulled muscle in shoulder and fed up and wanted to dump the kayaks. Car park expensive and public toilets closed. Loos nice but could not wait to leave and wont be returning.

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“Great Boat trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Took a 1 hour boat ride from the quayside in Fowey , was a great trip. See the historical points, the Du Maurier family home and even Dawn Frenchs enormous house!

Visited June 2013
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