simply messing about in boats..” said Rat dreamily to Mole….’
You understand this sentence entirely when you are at Penpoll,
It brings out the Ratty in all of us. The water is there, right
outside the door. So, why not bring your own kayak or small
dinghy and launch it from the orchard. (But be careful of the
tides!) There is parking space for a small dinghy on a trailer
by the house.
It is easy, at high tide, to canoe/boat to Fowey, or to explore
upriver towards the villages of Lerryn, Golant and St Winnow.
There is no better way to discover the real beauty of this area,
and come within a hair’s breadth of the darting Kingfishers,
Egrets and Cormorants who reside here.
Or, join supervised/organised kayaking expeditions on the river
Fowey from bases in Lerryn (www.encountercornwall.co.uk
). They are always happy to help and be as flexible as possible.
Call Damon 01208 871066.
And in Fowey,
www.foweykayakhire.co.uk , or
They offer great days, or half days out for the whole family,
and an opportunity to see the land from a whole new perspective!
Fowey is perfect
for sailing, and Penpoll is perfectly situated (less than 2
miles) for access to the excellent Penmarlam Quay Slipway where
visitors can launch and moor boats. Contact Fowey Harbour office
for more information & mooring fees,
The Royal Fowey
Yacht Club offers temporary membership and access to showers,
bar and food from their incredible waterside location in Fowey.
lessons are readily available in Fowey. Contact Fowey Gallants
Sailing Club, open to members & visitors at Amity Court, North
Street, Fowey PL23 1AB. 01726 832335.
“Spud”, the very
friendly instructor, and her team have taught all our children,
it is a very gentle and kind introduction to sailing with the
emphasis on fun. Highly recommended.
Boat hire is
another way to get in on the action on the water:
Fowey River Boat Hire. Mill Pool Yard, Passage Lane Fowey. PL23
1JS 01726 832874.
www.fowey-river-boat-hire.co.uk . Weekly hire
of small wooden & fibreglass dighies/rowing boats.
Town Quay Boat Hire. Self drive boats in the harbour & river.
Hourly hire with tuition & lifejackets. Call Steve Langmaid on
Fowey Marine Adventures, 35 Fore St, Fowey PL23 1AH. 01726
832300. Offers trips exploring coastline, hidden coves and
marine life in the Kernow Explorer, a rigid inflatable boat
which departs from Fowey Town Quay.
There are also passenger ferries and water taxis to take
advantage of in Fowey. The Fowey-Megavissey Ferry makes daily
passenger ferry trips to Megavissey. 07977 203394.
www.megavisseyferries.co.uk . This takes about 35-40 miniutes.
Foot passengers can cross at regular internals all day between
Polruan and Fowey, until around 11pm. Or use the Boddinick Car
Ferry service between Fowey and Boddinick - on foot or in a car
- which usually runs until just before dusk. Best to check the
current local timetable for the time of year you will be