Inspired by the natural beauty of cornwall
White house beach is a small sheltered beach of sand & peebles half way up the river, on the right had side of the slipway that the Polruan ferry uses. The beach is close to the town, just a short walk along the esplanade so you are not too far away if you need to refresh yourself after a tough afternoon on the sand!
Toilet facilities available
Readymoney Cove is tucked just inside the mouth of the river on the right you will find Readymoney cove. Lying behind headland of St Catherine’s point the beach is sheltered from the prevailing south westerlies wind and so enjoys a calm sun soaked days even on the blowy days.
This sandy beach is perfect for swimming, paddling and rock pooling at low tide. Just a 10 minute walk from the beach along the footpath brings you to St Catherine’s castle, enjoy the fantastic views and watch the children (and dads) charge about playing ‘knights’ to their hearts content.
Dogs are not permitted from Easter through until October. Toilet facilities available.
Following the national trust footpath from Readymoney for approx. 2 miles you will find Polridmouth cove offering 2 beaches looking out into St Austell bay. Just above the high tide mark the is the lake and grounds belonging to Menabilly house which allegedly the inspiration for the boathouse in Daphnie du Maurier’s Rebecca.
Both beaches offer sand in bucket fulls, great swimming opportunities & even better rock pooling. Whilst you are this far out you may as well strike out for the Gribbin, the tall red & white day make that sits atop of the appropriately name Gribbin headland, just a mile or so further along the footpath. It really is worth the effort the views are amazing.
Local tip: You are a bit remote out there so take any supplies you may need, food drinks, sun block etc and be aware there are no toilet facilities at the Gribbin.
Toilet facilities available
Front beach is directly adjacent to the quay is 'front beach' just a few steps from most of the properties in the village. At low tide the sandy beach gives hours of fun for the children and grown ups alike with the ever changing river and comings and goings of ships and boats an additional attraction.
One of the unique things about Front beach is the fact that that parents can supervise the children from the quay or indeed the pub!
Toilets available on the quay, refreshments, ice creams, papers and the essential crabbing lines are available from the Winkle picker shop on the quay.
Our Webcam looks out over Front beach so check it out to see all the fun that goes on.
Back Beach is situated to the left had side of the quay and runs along the seashore to the blockhouse, again soft sand is the order of the day and being slightly less 'public' children feel a little more adventurous even though it is very safe and easy to get at. Access is from the quay down a ladder or via the steps along side the Winkle picker shop.
Tip: keep an eye on the tides as you can find yourself wading to the steps if you leave it too late.
Lantic Bay is a very picturesque bay around the headland and faces due south across St Austell bay. Situated a short walk from the top of the hill the effort is well worth it as the beech nestles at the base of the cliffs and provides the perfect day out for a picnic for all the family. Clear blue water provides fabulous swimming and many yachts are to be seen anchored in the bay soaking up the sun having sailed around from Fowey.
Situated right at the mouth of the river we are ideally situated to provide the very best fishing from simply casting off the quay or castle, crabbing from the slipway, spinning for Mackerel or a full days deep sea fishing you will have great sport & fond memories.
There are many marks in and around Fowey that can be excellent at the right time. Dogfish, Mullet, Bass, Flatties, Wrasse, Mackerel, Garfish, Pollack, Conger etc can all be caught here including Codling, Coalfish and Whiting in the winter.
One of the best spots is St Catherines Castle at the entrance to the river on the right hand side (looking out to sea). Access is around the base of the rocks at low tide, but be warned, past half tide and you will have to climb the rocks up to the castle as your retreat will be cut off.
It's not too bad if you have a companion to pass up the gear but it can be daunting on your own for the first time. Casting out around 40yds puts you on clean ground away from most snags. On the opposite side of the river is Polruan. Here you can fish from the rocks below the old Blockhouse. Float fishing is productive here, especially for Wrasse.
Further up river on both sides are numerous places to try your luck. Sawmills can be excellent for larger than average Mullet. At low water, flyfishing and spinning at Golant is good fun. Bottom fishing with big mackerel baits from the Bodinnick Ferry slip can throw up large Conger. Good luck & tight lines For fishing trips from Polruan you can do no better than time with Dan aboard his boat 'Moogie'.
For fishing or river trips contact Dan on 07792 625908
Fowey harbour is a real haven for sailing of all types and all levels, there are 2 very active clubs in the town, The Royal Fowey Yacht club & the Gallants sailing club. Between them the organise a busy racing calendar throughout the season for cursers and dinghies alike. One of the joys of the racing is to see the boats racing within the harbour especially the classes unique to Fowey.
On Wednesday evenings & Sat afternoons races look out for the tall sleek 'Troy' keel boats and the smaller clinker built 'Fowey river' dinghies easily recognised by their brightly coloured sails. Sail training is available through the Fowey Maritime Centre or Fowey Harbour Sailing School
Chandlers: Fowey has a very well equipped chandlery, the upper deck chandlery is situated on the Albert key on the main street.
Self drive motor boats can be hired from the town quay in Fowey throughout the summer months and are a key memory in any holiday. The independence of piloting your own boat is in itself a joy and there is no better way to explore area than by boat. All the boats are safe stable vessels include life jackets and can be hired by the hour.
If captaining your own ship is too much for you then fear not, leave it to the professionals. Experienced local skippers run river and coastal trips from the town quay look out for BEEF’R, TROY & the yellow steam launch GALLANT. www.foweycruise.com
The calm & quiet waters of the river and in particularly the upper harbour are ideal for canoes & kayaks. The height above the water and quietness of a canoe allows a unique outlook on all the river has to offer. We have regularly seen Herons, Kingfishers and a one time a young deer on the beach!
Kayaks can be independently hired from Fowey Kayak Hire so you are free to discover the hidden treasures of the river under your own steam. Fowey river expeditions offer escorted canoe trips on the river in safe, stable open canoes, a great way for all the family to explore the river.
You can explore the beautiful River Fowey in one of the river boats available for hire by the day or week. Having a boat will add a new dimension to your holiday… forget your car for a week and go shopping, sight seeing, fishing, exploring or picnic & BBQ on a secluded shore!
Self drive motor boats can be hired from the quay where you can also take one of the skippered trips, including a steam launch that will take you around the harbour taking in all the sights. All the Fowey River Boat Hire boats are fully equipped with saftey equipment and no previous experience is needed.