The Fowey Estuary - a landscape to explore
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At high water the long fingers of the sea reach deep into the remote agricultural folds of inland Cornwall, drowning the original insignificant Fowey river and its valley, the true profile of which can only be seen in the upper parts of the estuary at low water. This estuarine landscape is just waiting to be explored...
The estuary was created since the end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Melting ice caused the sea level to rise in excess of 120ft over succeeding millennia, finally reaching its present level after the Roman period.
As well as including the bustle of Fowey harbour, the estuary has the quiet reflective creeks of Pont and Penpoll - best explored by canoe.
Further inland Ethy Woods at Lerryn are a perfect Sunday afternoon diversion. Take a riverside walk past veteran oak trees and enjoy the sound of children playing over the Lerryn stepping stones.
At the head of the estuary is the ancient stannary town of Lostwithiel complete with medieval bridge and just a short journey from Lanhydrock. The principal role of a stannary town was the collection of tin coinage, the proceeds of which were passed to the Duchy of Cornwall.