Things to see & do

Places to discover

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Getting on the water

Sailing and boating

Sailing yachts can often be seen as people take trips along the coastline © John Hepburn

 Fowey has been an international trading port since the middle ages and is still a magnet for visiting yachtsmen today. The deep water makes it easy to get in and out at any tide and there are plenty of self-hire boats and boat trips available.


A family enjoying a Canadian canoe session on Windermere from Low Wray camp © Quest 4 Adventure

 Find out how to get out on the water and explore the stunning wooded creeks of the Fowey estuary. The view from the water brings a new perspective of the land we manage.

There are various places to launch your own canoe as well as self-hire and guided trips to join.

Look at this short video clip of Sal out on the water.

Events in the area

From walks and beach cleans to family days out there's a whole host of events on the coast throughout the year.

Find out what's happening and how to get involved in and around the Fowey estuary.

50 Things to do before you're 11¾

Grab a 50 things to do before you're 11¾ book and get going on your very own adventure.
We love no. 5 skim a stone and no. 40 Go on a nature walk at night.

 What are your favourites?


Geocaching is a great way to combine technology with a good old fashioned treasure hunt. We've hidden caches all around, so all you need is a GPS device or a smart phone to get started. Every time you find the treasure trove, choose something from the stash and leave something else for the next person.

Register on the geocaching website and then record each find.


Come for a walk

There are some great walks around Fowey, with dramatic stretches of the South West Coast Path weaving through woodlands and around creeks. There's a quick walk around Covington woods, or if you've got more time then try Hall walk which weaves around both sides of the estuary or take in the panoramic views from the Gribbin.


There are lots of great fishing marks around the Fowey estuary, both on shore and sea. Try your hand at catching bass, mackerel, wrasse, congor eels and pollock.

Have a safe day

It's always good to know what the tide and weather are doing when you are by the coast.
Our local NCI weather station at Polruan is great for checking wind conditions too.

- and when you're planning a day around the coast remember these things:

  • Stout footwear is advisable as many paths can be muddy
  • Please be aware of dangerous cliff edges and unstable cliffs
  • Currents and winds can make swimming hazardous
  • Please watch the tide. Don't get cut off by rising water
  • Keep children supervised
  • Avoid getting between farm animals and their young
  • Please keep your dog under close contol when lifestock are present
  • If ponies or cows approach you let your dog off the lead