This beautiful part of the country is host to array of historical sites and is rich with culture. The nature and wildlife is diverse, and a range of hikes in the surrounding areas means there'll be something to keep everyone happy on your holiday. If you're planning a winter break to our hotel in Fowey, here some local landmarks you don't want to miss during your visit.
Churches and Castles
St Fimbarrus Church is dedicated to St Finbar, who could be found in Fowey early in the 6th century. After being destroyed by French Marauders, the church was rebuilt in 1460 by the Earl of Warwick. A fantastic spot situated in the heart of the town, the church is a great place to spend a winter's morning soaking up the historical context and peaceful atmosphere. Another noteworthy church nearby is St Wyllow in Lanteglos-by-Fowey which can be found on the Polruan side of the river, just above Pont Creek. This elegant church where Daphne du Maurier married Major Tommy Browning is surrounded by farmland, making it the ideal place for a peaceful picnic. Castle Dore is tricky to access, but well worth the effort as the remains of an old castle with a circular earth rampart nearly seven feet high is still visible. Located about 2 miles north of Fowey, you must park in a layby and walk along the main road to reach the remains.
Towns and Villages
Around six miles from Fowey sits Charlestown, a charming Georgian harbour with lock gates that is home to several square rigged sailing ships. For the more curious, it also hosts a Shipwreck Centre for more information about renowned wrecks in the local area. Around a thirty minute drive from Fowey sits Mevagissey, an alluring fishing village which boasts its own working fleet as well as inner and outer harbours to protect the boats in the harbour. For more of a lively alternative, the seaside town of Looe also has its own fishing fleet, along with various shops and restaurants to explore. The large beach is ideal for wintery walks to build up an appetite for a traditional fish and chips lunch. Finally, the picturesque harbour of Polperro is a great location to send photos home to envious family and friends. Vehicle access is restricted, so park up and explore the winding streets on foot, adding to the overall peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of the village.
Other Points of Interest
Just above Polridmouth beach, between Fowey and Polkerris lies Gribbin Head. The red and white striped day marker warns ships of the dangerous rocks below and although closed through the winter, it's a great spot to watch the wild waves crash into the cliffs below. St Catherine's Point is also worth a visit, as in medieval times the chapel once stood at the cliff top acting as a lighthouse itself. All that remains is the fort below, known as St Catherine's Castle, which was built in the reign of Henry VIII to defend the harbour entrance. The fort is free to enter, making it a great activity for your winter break in Fowey, where you can indulge yourself in the expansive local history. Alternatively, the Fowey Lifeboat Station has regular events throughout the year offering the opportunity to have a look on board the lifeboats. Failing that, you will always be able to see the all-weather lifeboat in her mooring and maybe catch them in training if you're lucky.
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