Discovering Fowey

Looking over towards the Gribbin

Around the Fowey estuary you can explore creeks, bays, woodlands and headlands.

Gribbin Head

Gribbin Head is an elegant headland lying to the west of Fowey Harbour. Familiarly known as The Gribbin, it is crowned by the Gribbin Daymark.

Standing 84 feet tall the proud red and white stripes of the daymark act as a navigational aid for shipping.

The Fowey Estuary

The Fowey Estuary runs inland up as far as Lostwithiel, and branches off to Lerryn, Penpoll and Pont on its tributary creeks. It should be called a 'ria' as the drowned river valley networks are really a part of the sea. The deep water makes it an important port and you'll often see cruise liners stopping off as well as the china clay ship, which take away around three quarters of a million tonnes of clay each year.


In the upper reaches of the Fowey, the tide creeps up Lerryn Creek twice a day.
Ethy wood extends along the bank from Lerryn to Ethy Rock, take a stroll past contorted veteran oaks and keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers and egrets.

Pont Pill

Pont Pill is a silent, private place where old boats go to die and trees are hung with shrouds of traveller's joy.
Explore this creek from Fowey Harbour either on water or by foot on the Hall Walk.

St Catherine's Point

This western gatepost at the entrance to Fowey harbour is home to St Catherine's Castle, part of a chain of castles along the south coast ordered by Henry VIII.
Fowey Gribbin Daymark Tower landscape with cows

Gribbin Daymark

We open up the 26m daymark in the summer so you can get to the top and enjoy the views out to Bolt Head in South Devon, the Eddystone Lighthouse, Dodman Head and the high points on Bodmin Moor.

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.