06 April 2010
Fowey is a beautiful wee town....very narrow streets, old houses and a pub on every corner. We hired a cottage for the week which was a great idea (better than staying in a hostel) and we had gorgeous views over the estuary. There were 7 of us (Jane, Al, Tina, Tom, John, Pete) but the cottage had ample space for all of us. A bit of a queue for the shower, but nothing we couldn't sort out as adults!
The night we arrived we all headed out for a recce of the town and then to the nearest pub for some delicious grub. We didn't stay too long as we had all left London by about 6.30am that morning to get away from the traffic.
Saturday: Fowey to Polkerris return (7 miles)
Sunday: Polruan to Looe (13 miles)
When we got to Looe we headed straight for the nearest cafe for a well earned tea (or coffee). As we didn't intend to walk back to Fowey, we called up a taxi to take us to the ferry in Polruan that would cross the estuary back to Fowey. Low and behold...a black cab turns up! Thankfully he wasn't charging London prices...just £5 each for a 30min ride.
Monday: Eden Project
The Eden Project was created to fill in a quarry site...but they pulled it off beautifully with two domes: one had rain forests from around the world, and the other was laid out like the Mediterranean. Great to just wonder about and take in the wonderful smells of each dome.
Unfortunately for Al and myself, we had to head back to London on the Tuesday, but others stayed on during the week to enjoy some more walking.
Fowey is a lovely place to stay, especially if you want to walk some of the South West Coastal Pathway. Just keep in mind a lot of these small towns have very limited mobile reception (as John found out) and in some cases, none at all!