“Simply messing, simply messing about in boats..” said Rat dreamily to Mole….’ You understand this sentence entirely when you stay at Penpoll


A highly desirable riverside family holiday cottage in Cornwall near Fowey



On the Water

' “Simply messing, 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 www.foweyexpeditions.co.uk .
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, www.foweyharbour.co.uk .

  Brightly striped sailing dinghies in Fowey Harbour - click to view larger image

The Royal Fowey Yacht Club offers temporary membership and access to showers, bar and food from their incredible waterside location in Fowey. 01726 833573.

RYA sailing 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. www.foweygallantsssc.co.uk .

Fun on the creek - click to view larger image

  “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 0789 991115. www.fowey-boat-hire.co.uk .
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 visiting.

©  Penpoll Holiday Cottage, Lower Penpoll, Lostwithiel, Fowey, Cornwall PL22 0NG Tel: 01344 455539 / 07976 350813


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