We’ve been to Fowey before, but parked in the main car park at the top of the hill which can be a bit of a schlep. On this visit we had arranged to meet up with the Aussie family at Readymoney Cove so parked in that car park and walked down a pathway known as the ‘Parade’ to the beach. A much gentler stroll.
Though I was persuaded to hike up the hill through Covington Wood to visit St Catherine’s castle on the headland which kind of negated the gain. The gun tower was built between 1538-40 by Thomas Treffey as part of Henry VIII’s national defence programme and during WWII there was a gun emplacement here protecting the harbour area.
The climb does reward you with panoramic views.
This odd looking structure below was formerly a lime kiln which was converted in 1935 to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. It is now a shelter with toilets and a small shop underneath and a lawned area above with benches where you can sit and admire the views.
The cove was used as a watering hole for shipping and in the 18th century there were fish cellars and later shipbuilding and ship breaking on the beach and is a waypoint on the Saints Way, a 47km/29 mile walk between Padstow on the north coast and Fowey that follows the traditional route of early missionaries.
Readymoney cottage (below) was home to Daphne du Maurier and her three children from 1942 until the end of 1943 before she moved into Menabilly, a grander house she had known for years and which is reputedly one of the inspirations for Manderley, the atmospheric but doom-laden house and estate in Rebecca.
After spending an hour or two skimming stones and paddling we all took the fairly level walk along the Esplanade into the town with views across the harbour to Polruan and a very pretty riverside garden.
The Aussies took the ferry across to Polruan as a certain small person had been promised a ferry ride whilst I took a short walk around with the camera.
Fowey is a small port town dating back to 1300 with a fascinating maritime history and gorgeous medieval and Georgian buildings. It is in a conservation area and has quaint narrow and winding streets. The main Fore Street is a vibrant hub of independent shops selling arty knick-knacks and there are plenty of great places to eat.
If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you would like to join in too. She’s very welcoming.