Fowey

04.09.2018

Fowey

Discover something new in Fowey.

Whether you live in Fowey or visit at the weekend with family or friends, there is always a chance to discover something new.

Nautical

Step off the quay to admire Fowey’s beauty from the water and experience one of the town’s many nautical offerings. From boat and kayak hire to sailing tuition and private voyages, there are plenty of opportunities to try something new.

Strolling Around

A stroll along the town’s charismatic winding roads, paths and alleyways will reveal a host of landmarks and locations you might have previously missed like, St Catherine’s Point, The Tristan Stone, the Lifeboat Station and Palace House (not open to the public) to name just a few.

Festivals and Regatta

Fowey’s Festival of Arts and Literature, organised by the du Maurier Festival Society is a great chance to revel in readings, literature debates, musical performances and many more activities.

Arguably the biggest event in the town’s calendar is the Royal Regatta. The week-long event is loved by thousands of visitors, and adored by locals alike. Full of events for all ages. The town comes alive with parades, fireworks, live music, competitions and races, as well as the more traditional sailing activities.

Community

There’s no slowing down as the festive period approaches. As a year-round destination, Fowey puts on a show in early December and hosts a weekend of food, drink, entertainment and the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts at their Christmas Market. The community have got behind this event since its first year in 2005 and now is a firm favourite in the town’s calendar.

Alongside all of this, there are plenty more things to get involved with and enjoy. You can find fun bingo nights, quiz nights and charity fundraisers throughout the year, as well as a massive choice of shops, bakeries, cafes, pubs and restaurants to indulge in.

Coombe Farm to St Catherine’s Castle

04.09.2018

Coombe Farm to St Catherine’s Castle

This short, yet hilly walk will show you Fowey in a new light.

Make your way through green fields and woodland to enjoy spectacular coastal views and discover the historic St Catherine’s castle perched on the edge of a cliff.

Distance: 1.5 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: National Trust Coombe Farm Car Park

Start by parking at the National Trust Coombe Farm car park (grid ref: SX110512) and once on foot, turn right down a track, waymarked towards Readymoney. You will go past a B&B on your right, continue forward, go through the gate and walk across the field on the well-trodden grass path.

Take the time to enjoy the views of the coast to your right.

Next, take the path bearing left, going through a metal kissing gate and continue down the steep hill. This path can be rocky underfoot, so sensible walking shoes are advised. This stretch can also be very muddy after bad weather.

Around half way down the hill, you’ll find some steps to the left hand side of the path, making the descent much easier. At the bottom of the steps, turn right, following the direction of the wooden marker.

The path will continue to descend. At the fork towards the bottom of the hill, take the right hand side path (for a quick detour to Readymoney Cove, take the left hand path. In the summer months you’ll often find an ice cream van near the beach).

At the top of the path, you will find a stone marker for the Gribbin, turn left here and proceed down to St Catherine’s Castle.

St Catherine’s Castle

Formed part of the coastal defence system started by Henry VIII after his break with the Church of Rome resulted in England’s isolation from Catholic Europe.

A battery for two guns was built on the levelled platform on the tip of the headland below the fort during the mid-19th century, protected behind a parapet wall.

By the end of the 19th century, St Catherine’s Castle had been abandoned, but it was put back into military service again during the Second World War. From June 1940, St Catherine’s Point became a gun battery and observation post, stretching from the castle to the higher ground to the west. Most of the 1940s concrete defences were dismantled after the war.

The fort is a single D-shaped tower looking south-east from the tip of the headland. The tower is two storeys high with walls more than one metre thick and features two rows of gun ports. There are a further three gun ports on the ground floor, as well a tall, narrow fireplace.

The first floor has a number of narrow windows that would have been ideal lookouts. There area further two gun ports at this level, one of which is blocked. In one corner of the tower are the remains of a spiral staircase that gave access to the upper floor and roof.

Once you have finished exploring the castle’s remains, head back up to the sign and turn left, following the path just set back from the cliff edge. As it splits into three, take the middle route (there will be a shelter to your right).

Continue up a medium incline and at the next fork, turn left through a gate back into Allday’s Fields.

These fields were once a golf course, but were presented to the people of Fowey by G James Allday MBE in 1951.

Walk along the path through the field, reaching the far corner and take the the trodden path back up the hill to start looking back to the starting point.

Keep going through the fields, until you reach the gate at the start of the walk and the road that takes you back to the car park.

Fowey River Camera Club

21.08.2018

Fowey River Camera Club

This small group of friendly and enthusiastic amateur photographers meet to share knowledge, experience, improve their skills and to have fun.

Where: Fowey Parish Hall, Browns Hill, PL23 1BT

When: Alternate Wednesdays (second and fourth) of the month, 7.30pm

For more: http://www.foweyrivercameraclub.btck.co.uk/

Readymoney Cove

27.07.2018

Readymoney Cove

As well as being a perfect swimming spot, the beach has the added bonus of having plenty of rock pools to be explored at low tide.

An ice cream van can usually be found nearby during the spring and summer months and public toilets are available. A newly opened cafe and beach shop can also be found at the beach.

The nearest parking is at Cornwall Council’s Readymoney long stay car park, which is around five to ten minutes walk.

If you fancy a break from the beach, just ten minutes walk up and around the cliff will bring you to St Catherine’s Castle.

Built by Henry VIII as an artillery fort in the 1530’s to defend Fowey Harbour, entry is free and open during reasonable daylight hours. Perfect to soak up the views of the river and neighbouring Polruan as well as brush up on your local history.


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