Canoeing on the Fowey Estuary

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The Fowey estuary is a great place to explore by canoe and kayak. There are lots of organised trips you can book which are a great way for new and experienced canoeists to get on the water and discover the wildlife and history of the area.

The estuary is tidal going up to Lostwithiel and Lerryn and dries out at low tide in places, so check the tide and weather carefully before you set off and be aware that the lower part of the harbour is always busy with commercial shipping, recreational craft and racing yachts and keep well clear of them.

Peaceful paddling

Much of the river away from Fowey harbour is secluded and out of mobile phone signal range, so make sure someone knows where you’re planning to go before you head off. On a high tide you can paddle up Pont Pill, Penpoll, or Lerryn past the veteran oaks at Ethy Woods where you can pull up for a while to explore the village and woods or sit back and enjoy the view. There are various public slipways available in Fowey, Golant, Lerryn and Lostwithiel – some charges apply.

Look at the Fowey Harbour Commissioners and Fowey Tourist Information pages for more on water activities in Fowey.