Fishing, canoeing and sailing

Sailing boats on the Fowey

You don't have to be an avid sailor or expert angler to enjoy messing around on and around the Fowey Estuary.


There are lots of great fishing marks around the Fowey estuary, both on shore from a boat. Try your hand at catching bass, mackerel, wrasse, congor eels and pollock. From the shore or a boat or kayak, this is a great place to lose yourself for a few hours. If you don't have your own boat or kayak then there are plenty of fishing trips to book onto.


Explore the stunning wooded creeks of the Fowey estuary in your own time, under your own steam. 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. 

Watch the tides and paddle up the river to explore the tributaries leading up to Lerryn and Lostwithiel or turn up Pont Pill and take your time, looking up to see if you can spot a flash of kingfisher, or down through the water to follow a shoal of mullet. You may spot a shy otter if you're lucky, or a pod of dolphins, but please remember to keep your distance and respect all the other creatures that share the water.

Set sail

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 man is fishing from the rocks on the South Cornwall coast

Fishing on the Cornish coast

Whether you like solitude, being where the land meets the sea, or just fancy trying to catch supper, fishing is the perfect pastime.