Polruan Back Beach
Located on the other side of Quay beach, Back Beach is set in the heart of the village and is close to a range of facilities, including shops, pubs and toilets. The beach has incredible views of the river and Fowey, and the beach is mainly sandy with patches of shingle as you head towards the sea. Be sure to check the tide times, as the beach practically disappears at high tide.
Ready Money Cove
An elegant, sheltered beach covered with sand on the verge of shelving, this little cove sits between the medieval part of Fowey and St Catherine's Castle. Its shelter comes from the cliffs close by and is next to the mouth of the River Fowey Estuary. Interestingly, just above the beach is the former coach house, home of author Daphne du Maurier for a few years during World War Two.
Despite many beaches across the county claiming to be hidden gems, Lantic Bay is probably the most deserving of this title. There are technically two beaches in Lanctic Bay, appropriately called Little Lantic and Great Lantic. You can walk between the two at low tide, but be sure to keep an eye on rising sea levels to avoid getting stranded.
Settled neatly between Gribbin Head and Fowey is the twin cove of Polridmouth, with access via a wooded track. The coves have a leafy, authentic feel to them and are rarely busy, meaning you're likely to have the place to yourself. At low tide there are two distinct beaches separated by low rocky headland, although they merge into one as the tide approaches.
Polkerris is a tiny hamlet just west of Fowey and was actually the last home of author Daphne du Maurier, who lived also lived just round the corner in Menabilly for a long time. This golden sandy beach is sheltered by the harbour wall, and has a quaint charm about it in terms of setting and atmosphere.
This bay is nestled between Polruan and Polperro on the coastal path, making it the perfect picnic spot for a New Year's walk along the diverse and dramatic coastline South Cornwall has to offer. Be sure to check out the tide times, as the beach can only be accessed at low tide, but the sand and pebble beach is a brilliant site to visit during your stay in Fowey.
A small sand and shingle beach in Lanlivet Bay, Lansallos Cove is just a few miles east of Pencarrow Head. The impressive coastline is picturesque, and makes the perfect setting for pictures to send to family and friends at home. On the eastern side of the beach, there is a small waterfall known as Reed Water, which used to power a small mill.
There is so much to do near Fowey around the New Year and January, be sure to check our blog in the coming weeks to find more guides and tips!
Post updated for December 2017.