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Visit Cornwall: Fowey and Charlestown

I remember last year seeing some pictures on Instagram of Polperro and decided that I would really love to go there. We have not visited this part of Cornwall before, but after speaking to my mother-in-law she told me that Fowey and Looe are just as pretty.

These three towns are all next to each other, so we decided to give Fowey a try this time.

We parked in the main car park in Fowey, which has a short downhill walk into town. Like most Cornish seaside villages, the streets are narrow, windy and hilly. The houses on the way to the Estuary are so pretty they are white with periwinkle blue gates, bright aqua doors and all have a quirky look to them, at the moment there are colourful hydrangeas everywhere too.

There are lots of very cool shops in Fowey, including delis and restaurants, the streets are lined with colouful bunting.

We walked down and had a look at the boats, there are boat trips and ferries to Mevagissey and Polruan and a car ferry across to Bodinnick which shortens the journey to Looe or Polperro. There is also a small aquarium in the town.

We treated the kids to icecream, two of them chose watermelon sorbet, but there were so many flavours, including blackberry and apple crumble and kiwi - the dollop of sorbet was nearly as big as Fin's head!

The sun was still shining so we decided we’d get back into the car and find a beach. There are quite a few beaches near Fowey.

Ready money cove is a short walk along the Esplanade. Other nearby beaches include Par Sands and Polkerris. We did try to go to Par Sands but our sat nav was being annoying, so we ended up driving straight by it!!

We decided to follow signs to Charlestown, a working port, which has pirate ships docked there, some of them have been used in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean!

When we arrived the Regatta was in full swing, there were loads of stalls selling hotdogs, candy floss and cakes and kids racing on rafts. We walked down to the beach, the kids all had a paddle and climbed the rock face looking for crabs.

You can also visit the Shipwreck Heritage Centre which has countless items from a bygone age as well as artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. There really is so much to see in Cornwall. I wish we could have stayed longer.

Our usual favourites are St Nectans Glen, Tintagel, Boscastle and St Ives – but we still have so many more places to discover.

Goodbye Cornwall, we’ll see you again sometime soon.


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