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      09.02.2001 05:19
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      What is the main attraction in Fowey? It's quite simple it is the scenery. There are no bowling alleys, trashy rides or slot machines thank goodness. But what you will find is marvellous views over the river and out to sea and great walks. My favourite walk starts at the top car park (see my opinion on Fowey In General). Leave the car park and turn right. This will lead you to the Esplanade that runs down into the town. Initially you are quite high and as the Esplanade runs parallel to the river there are magnificent views. Look back and you will see where the river Fowey joins the sea, look across the river and there are the picturesque cottages of Polruan. Keep walking down the Esplanade, enjoying the views, until you reach the passenger ferry, which is on a small slip way on your right. This is next to the house that once belonged to Sir Arthur Quiller Couch. Take the ferry across the river to Polruan and enjoy the crossing looking back at the delights of Fowey. Get off at Polruan and get ready to walk. Leave the small quay and turn left down a narrow road again over looking the river which is now on your left. Continue walking for a few hundred yards and you will see a sign saying, 'To The Hills'. This is where you are heading. There are steep steps leading upward and finally at the top a footpath takes you heading left inland. From here you can see the town of Fowey, the old church and the waterfront houses that have been there for centuries. On a fine day you will need your camera. Simply follow the footpath which runs alongside the river and you will see how the river forks. Just keep walking, you can't really get lost and eventually you will go through some fields with some very friendly cows - careful where you put your feet! The path goes downhill and over a stile until you come to a wooden bridge which will take you across the right fork of the river. If I'm not in a hurry I usual
      ly stop here for lunch. By lunch I mean a sandwich, there are no shops , cafes or anything like that. Just a couple of cottages by the bridge and a few ducks. It's a very pleasant spot and about half way round the walk. When you are ready, having crossed the bridge you will see a path that has quite a steep climb. This is the way you are heading that will eventually take you back to Fowey town. Again there are marvellous views and I can guess a couple of places where you will take more photos. The river is widening as it approaches the sea and is full of boats and yachts. Keep following the path which goes up and down quite a bit and eventually you will come to the hamlet of Bodinnick. There is a nice pub where you can get a drink and some food if you haven't eaten. At Boddinick there is another ferry that will take you across the other fork of the river to Fowey. This is a much bigger ferry that also takes cars. Cross the river by ferry. Turn left afterwards and the road will take you to the main part of Fowey town. I usually have an ice cream on the quay while watching the boats. As you walk through the town you will see the 14th century church and many interesting houses. There are some very good sea food restaurants. After the town and quay make your way back to the Esplanade. This time it will be all up hill to the car park, but you will have had a very pleasant walk. There is another walk from Polruan where you turn right and walk along the cliffs and hills to polperro - about 7 miles. You can also follow the coastal footpath from Fowey which will take you to such delights as Menacuddle and Polkerris. Fowey is about scenery. If you don't like walking and nature try Blackpool! But Fowey will uplift your soul.


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