In a Nutshell
Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a small town on the South Cornwall coast, lying as a natural harbour on the River Fowey. As pretty as it is, it is also a working harbour doing a brisk trade in the exportation of china clay as well as a popular spot for yachts to moor. Explore the steeply winding streets to find local crafts and curios.
Parking and Pooping
Your journey to Fowey is most likely going to start along the A390 which runs from St Austell to Liskeard. From the east you'll drop down along the river on the B3269, and from the west, come across on the A3082. Either way, you'll be funneled into the town, following the signs to the main car park off Hanson Drive. Don't even think about trying to park at the quayside. The very few spaces will be taken early on and you risk being stuck in narrow lanes behind delivery vans etc.
The main car park has grass verges for pup and public toilets too. There is also a bus service down to the quay during the summer season if you don't fancy the walk. Make the most of the grass here, as there is precious little elsewhere in the centre.
Be warned, the car park is well above the town centre and you have a steep walk down. The most direct route includes a number of steps, leading on to narrow lanes that take you into the quayside. At the top of the steps, just to the left is a lookout spot, with grass and benches and you can take in the view of the town below and the river beyond.
Walking down into the town, the roads are narrow with reasonable pavements. There is some traffic passing through, mainly commercial deliveries to the centre shops and cafes, so keep pup on a short lead. As you arrive into the centre, there are pedestrian alleyways to explore and of course the quayside, that has benches where you can relax and enjoy watching the boat traffic.
Keeping the Humans Amused
Fowey has a good range of shops, mainly selling local arts and crafts, locally produced foods and clothes. You're bound to find something unique here as a reminder of your visit. You'll find plenty of references to Fowey's maritime heritage, with local antiques and a full boating supplies shop in the main street. During the summer the lifeboat station shop is open and you can take boat trips from the harbour as well as guided walks of the town to learn more of the history and some of the key buildings.
Fowey has the full range of places to eat, from fine dining to the ubiquitous pasty shop. We grabbed a drink and a pasty at the dog friendly Cornish Bakery shop on Fore St. The Lifebuoy Cafe is also dog friendly or of course you can get yourself a pasty or some fish and chips and find a spot on the quayside to sit and enjoy the river views.
Dog Friendly Options (last visit Sep 2022)
The Cornish Bakery - classic Cornish bakes and hot drinks over two floors
The Lifebuoy Cafe, 8 Lostwithiel St - see Trip Advisor
Try http://www.fowey.co.uk/ for more detailed info on Fowey.
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