Fowey in Cornwall

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© Stefan Germer

© Stefan Germer

Fowey is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall in England. At the time of the 2001 census, it had a population of 2,273. Fowey is in the South Coast (Eastern Section) of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies at the end of the Saints’ Way and has ferries across the river to Polruan (foot) and Bodinnick (vehicle). There are many historic buildings in the town, including the ruins of St Catherine’s Castle, while Readymoney Cove possesses a local beach.

Fowey has thrived as a port for hundreds of years, initially as a trading and naval town, then as the centre for china clay exports. Today Fowey is busy with trawlers and yachts. Tourism is also an important source of income, contributing £14m to the local economy and accounting for more than half of the jobs in the town.

Fowey from the water © geograph.org.uk - Jonathan Billinger/cc-by-sa-2.0 Town Quay © geograph.org.uk - Graham Proud/cc-by-sa-2.0 Fowey from Polruan © geograph.org.uk - Chris Downer/cc-by-sa-2.0 Fowey from across the estuary © geograph.org.uk - Martin Bodman/cc-by-sa-2.0 Market Street © geograph.org.uk - Tony Atkin/cc-by-sa-2.0 © Stefan Germer
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Fowey from across the estuary © geograph.org.uk - Martin Bodman/cc-by-sa-2.0
Fowey has been the inspiration for many authors, including Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (‘Q’), Daphne du Maurier and Kenneth Grahame. The town was Q’s main residence from 1892 onwards, and a number of his stories are set in ‘Troy Town’, a thinly disguised Fowey. The Daphne du Maurier Festival is held in Fowey each May, the month of her birth. The Menabilly estate above Fowey was from 1943 to 1969 home of the novelist Daphne du Maurier. It served her as a template for the Manderley estate in her novel Rebecca.

The surrounding coastline of Fowey is popular with fishermen and spear-fishermen. Many sea creatures can be seen all around the Cornish shoreline, including mullet, bass, mackerel, lobsters and cuttlefish. Many of the species can be seen in the Fowey Aquarium in the heart of the town, which includes a very rare Albino Bull Huss. The seafood served in many of Fowey’s restaurants comes from the Fowey estuary, or the sea just outside it. The Royal Fowey Yacht Club is based on the harbour front. Every year in August the Fowey Royal Regatta takes place, one of the most famous sailing events in the UK.

Read more on Fowey Town Council, Fowey Harbour, Fowey Tourism, VisitCornwall.com – Fowey and Wikipedia Fowey. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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