A little bit of history
Fowey's history began before 1300 and in its time its natural harbour has played a major role in the export of China clay from the region, as well as allowing trade to develop in Europe. Playwrite and Author Daphne du Maurier once lived in Fowey, with many of her plays being set in the region.
The river began to develop into its current state at the end of the ice age, around 12,000 years ago. As the ice melted, the water levels rose over 120 feet and drowned the river valley and surrounding areas. Once the swell had subsided, the river and estuary we know today was formed.
Fowey has many independent shops as well as larger well-known companies, selling everything from fish and chips and ice cream to clothing and homeware. There are numerous restaurants catering for almost all of your culinary requirements!
PLAYWRITE AND AUTHOR DAPHNE DU MAURIER ONCE LIVED IN FOWEY
Fowey is reached via either the A3082 from St Austell or the B3269 from Lostwithiel. The A30 can be reached within 30 minutes, which can take you further afield.
By Train: Mainline stations at Par (10 minute drive) and Lostwithiel (15 minute drive) provide regular services down to Penzance, and through to Plymouth, Exeter and London Paddington.
Newquay Airport can be reached in under 45 minutes. There are daily flights to multiple destinations, including London Gatwick and Dublin, as well as international flights.