Covington walk

Walking trail

This walk is on the edge of the bustling, ancient, harbour town of Fowey. Stunning views, woodland, beaches and open fields make for a perfect stroll, and perhaps a picnic too. The walk also takes in some interesting historical sites, such as St Catherine’s Castle and one of Daphne du Maurier’s houses.

Covington woods footpath, Devon


Map route for Covington walk


Readymoney Beach, grid ref SX117511


From Readymoney Beach, head past Daphne du Maurier's house on your right and up the hill away from the beach, sign-posted Polkerris via Gribbin.

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At the junction, turn back on yourself and keep going up the hill into Covington Woods. Follow the coast path sign marked Gribbin 2m.


Here you can make a brief detour to visit St Catherine's Castle, signposted off the path.

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Follow the path around to your right and take in the view over the harbour to Polruan, and back over the River Fowey.


Keep going right on the footpath, keeping the sea on your left. You should pass the shelter on your right. Take the next middle path.


At the waymarker turn left, and continue through the hunting gate into Allday's Fields.


Keep left and follow the coast. There's loads of room here to play games or have a picnic whilst taking in some pleasant views.


As you leave the field go over a stile and drop down the hill to Coombe Haven Beach. This is another perfect picnic spot and an ideal please for a dip in the sea.


From Coombe Haven, turn off the coast path and head inland toward Coombe Farm. Go up through the valley toward the woods.


At the top of the hill, go over the stone stile and head along the track sign-posted St Catherine's Point.

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Carry on back into Allday's Fields, this time taking the path along the top edge. Head straight across the field back toward Fowey, keeping the sea on your right. Pause to take in the views and look back to the west to the Gribbin and on to Dodman Point.


Go through the gateway and keep left. At the woods go through the metal kissing gate.


Drop down the hill keeping to the left. At the junction, turn right and follow the sign post to Fowey.


At the fork, go left back to Fowey, Readymoney Beach, and the start.


Readymoney Beach, grid ref SX117511

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The terrain is a mixture of flat, even, grassy footpaths and steep paths with uneven rocky ground. It can get muddy after wet weather. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash at Readymoney Beach.

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How to get here

Covington, near Fowey, South East Cornwall PL23 1JH
By train

Lostwithiel, 6.3 miles (10.1km), then bus to Fowey.

By road

Park on the edge of Fowey and take shuttle bus or walk to town.

By bus

Buses to Fowey from surrounding towns. Walk from town centre to Readymoney Beach (which is sign-posted) or follow coast path signs.

Covington walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome