As autumn greets us, and the air is starting to cool down, and all the children are back to school, we thought we would put together a little guide to seven days in Fowey, so you have something to do every day on your next week-long holiday with us.
All of the attractions and places to visit in this article are close by to our fantastic riverside hotel, and certainly no more than a walk away or 25 minutes' drive from the centre of Fowey.
1. Whitehouse Beach
Whitehouse Beach lies beautifully in the heart of the town of Fowey, right on the esplanade and is sheltered by the Whitehouse Point and Quay to take away that autumnal breeze. Perfect for couples of those with children and grandchildren, the little beach is uncovered at low tide and has an incredible sea water paddling pool next to the beach. While the air may feel a tad chilly, the water is still lovely and warm for a month. The beach sadly isn't accessible by wheelchair.
2. Fowey River Hire
The river hire company caters for people of all abilities and ages; you could go on a gentle guided canoe trip around the river and bay with no experience needed. Or, rent out your own kayak for a solo saunter; don't worry, as a safety boat is always on hand to help tow you in if you get tired and safety equipment is required. With zero swimming necessary, it makes for a perfect day out even in the autumn chill.
3. Painting workshops
If you have ever wanted to paint a picture then Fowey painter, Gordon Hunt can help you achieve that goal. He takes on one to two people, so this is perfect for couples. The workshops cost £85 per person; this includes all materials. You will work on box canvas and with acrylics, but he can cater for those wanting to learn watercolours or oils. He will go through processes, styles of painting, composition, layout and the paint itself, mixing, application. We advise saving this little gem for a rainy or colder day where you can unwind at the canvas.
4. Charlestown Heritage Centre
The enchanting town of Charlestown, famous for its harbour, which is used as a set in many pre-20th century films and documentaries, is just a short drive from Fowey. The Heritage Centre building contains a beautiful old china clay tunnel that you can walk through to get to the theatre where you can watch the story of Charlestown being told. Then head out through Charlestown road, with some life-sized tableaux, lessons on diving, shipwrecks and rescues are on display in this intriguing maritime display. See the largest shipwreck artefact collection in the British Isles; they have everything from Nan King porcelain to a full-size cannon. So, enjoy this day out, whatever the weather.
5. Treffry Viaduct
Right near Charlestown, there is a beautiful and accessible valley known as Luxulyan Valley. Within the valley is a magnificent viaduct, it was built between 1939 and 1842 by Joseph Treffry, standing a grand 90feet high and 670 feet long, it had a dual purpose, it worked as a tramway and also carried leat across the valley. It was the first civil engineering structure of its kind to be erected in Cornwall and is now considered an ancient monument. There is on-site parking and makes for a pleasant picnic site and place of historical interest.
6. Borelewen Fishing Trips.
Take to the high seas this autumn with a great day out on one of Fowey's charter fishing boats, and absolutely no experience is needed, as all tackle, rods and tuition are provided. Fishing at sea is a wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon even if the sea air is a little bracing; we can guarantee good fun and maybe a good story of the one that got away to tell the loved ones.
Tregrehan is an absolutely breath-taking woodland garden, which has been developed over the last 200 years. It has formed an exotic green bank of amazing plants in a temperate rainforest. There are also a number of beautiful glasshouses in the formal walled garden area. Onsite parking and wheelchair accessible, you can even grab a nice tea or coffee to take away that autumn chill.
So, for a lovely long week away, there is no better way to see some Cornwall's most stunning attractions than to stay in our Fowey accommodation this autumn.