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“Invigorating and Picturesque”
Review of Hall Walk

Hall Walk
Ranked #4 of 9 Tours in Fowey
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Invigorating and Picturesque”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

If you have a couple of hours to spare and fancy a diversion from traipsing around Fowey, then park the car in the Caffa Mill Car Park (£5.20 for all day parking), get the Bodinnick Car ferry as a foot passenger (£1.30) and begin your stroll in a sweeping loop around the Fowey headland. The walk is not difficult - maybe two or three steep inclines - and there are plenty of benches as well as a beautifully picturesque stopping point at the tiny hamlet of Pont. Throughout, the views over the Fowey Estuary are magnificent and the four mile walk ends at the village of Polruan, where you can catch the passenger ferry back to Fowey (£1.60). My one tiny niggle about the walk is that much of it is forested, which although pleasant, does obscure those wondrous views quite a lot. Other tips: no specialist footwear required, but do watch out for uneven and muddy stretches, young children will find it less than stimulating and will probably be worn out half way through, do follow the signposts carefully throughout or you may end up walking up someone's long driveway and only realising too late and lastly, do this walk on a nice, sunny day or the views will be wasted. Other than that, enjoy this lovely sojourn in a beautiful corner of Cornwall.

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great walk to enjoy the diverse Cornish countryside”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

This is a well marked, even historic walking trail around the Fowey river and its environs, walking from the ferry at Boddinick to Polruan. A round trip can be made by taking the passenger ferry from Polruan to Fowey, walking through the town and then the car ferry the short distance back to the pub by the ferry at Boddinick. The path is well maintained although not paved - it is a country walk - but impossible to get lost. On this visit, the National Trust were cutting back the grass and vegetation - so you do not need heavy walking boots - although strong shoes always help!

The walk goes through quiet countryside and has a number of ups and downs, including a drop down to the inlet at Pont which can be full at high tide and muddy at low tide!

The walk is full of variety, there are beautiful views of Fowey, Polruan and out to sea, plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and some good pubs for refreshment along the way.

Highly recommended.

Visited May 2012
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A pleasant walk with great views”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

We set out from Fowey and walked to the car ferry which crossed the estuary to the small town of Bodinnick. We walked up past Old Ferry Inn and a collection of houses to the start of the Hall Walk. A plaque beside the track explained that this walk had been mentioned by a writer called Carew in a Survey of Cornwall published in 1602. Next to this plaque was a stone monument to an author known as Q. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch was described on this memorial as a ‘Great Cornishman – Writer – Scholar - Born at Bodmin 1863 - Died at Fowey 1944’.

Hall Walk continus through the trees beside Pont Pill and then drops down to Pont itself, which consists of a few houses and a small bridge that crosses a small stream entering the headwaters of Pont Pill. The track then joints a walkway that leads to Polruan. At this point a short diversion will take you to the 13th century Lanteglos Church, the parish church of St Wyllow. When we visited a couple of walkers had just returned bearing a very large key. This was the key to the church and is kept at a neighbouring farm house. Apart from a couple of stained glass windows, the interior of the church is quite plain. Curved rafters support the roof and according to our map book, some of these are the original timbers. The church is famous for being where the writer Daphne du Maurier, who lived locally for much of her life, was married in 1932.

At Polruan we opted to have lunch at the Russell Inn. This was just around the corner from another pub, the Lugger Inn, where we had dined a couple of days earlier. Both pubs served good pub meals, had a selection of real ales and plenty of character. We returned to Fowey on the small Polruan Ferry.

The total walking distance is about 6km and the going is not difficult although there are some hilly sections and the track could be slippery in wet weather. A feature of the walk is the many vantage points that give terrific views of Fowey, which is most picturesque.

Visited June 2012
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Essex, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent walk”
Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

Bit hilly but a good walk, makes you think you deserve a cream tea! Started by going on the car ferry to Polruan side of the estuary, then following Hall walk to Polruan and getting the boat back to Fowey. Nice weather makes a difference.

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