The best walks to take around our Fowey hotel and restaurant
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
The area around our Fowey hotel and restaurant has some beautiful scenery and lots of stunning walkways to explore, from the South West Coast Path to just walking through the harbour town of Fowey.
When staying at our hotel on a summer break, check out some of the best walks around the hotel, and explore the beautiful countryside for yourself.
The area of headland west of Fowey is famous for its association with Daphne du Maurier, who lived for many years at Menabilly at Gribbin Head. She used the place as a model for Manderley in her acclaimed novel Rebecca. The South West Coast Path here makes it way along the edge of the peninsula, and combines the area's unique heritage with the natural beauty.
The Fowey Estuary is a great place for a day out walking, as it combines cliff top paths and woodland walks as well walks along the river edge. A series of walks can take you through guided walks of the town centres of Fowey, Lostwithiel or Polruan.
Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan
One of the longer estuary walks, and one of the most popular with visitors to Fowey, is the Hall Walk. A circular tour, it follows the banks of the River Fowey, and uses the ferries that pass between Polruan and Fowey. You can divert to St Wyllow Church and then go to Pencarrow to join the coast path for a longer walk to Polruan.
Fowey to Polridmouth
This figure of eight walk follows St Catherine's Parade to Readymoney Cove and follows the coastal path to St Catherine's Castle. Continuing along the coast, the route takes you over the next headland to Polridmouth. There are a number of footpaths and tracks that will return to Readymoney Cove. The walk will take you through Fowey, along the waterfront until you finally arrive at some of the higher roads that give you views across the stunning estuary.
Luxulyan Valley to Prideaux
The circular route through the World Heritage Site of Luxulyan Valley and the surrounding countryside will take you on old tracks that horse drawn carriages used to go down, and across the Treffry Viaduct. Passing through beautiful woodland, you will come upon many old buildings and pieces of history closely linked in with the area.
Polruan to Lantic Bay
For something a little more challenging, the coastal walk from Polruan to Lantic Bay will get your heart pumping, but the views are amazing. The path down the white sands of Bay is the trickiest, but the walk back to Polruan is mostly downhill. Passing by Lanteglos Church, the route joins up with the Hall Walk passing through the woods along Pont Pill creek.
Be sure to take your camera along when going on any of these walks, and keep lots of water with you. When you arrive back at our Fowey hotel and restaurant you can relax and enjoy a delicious three course meal in the evening.
Photo by: Martin Bodman