A CFWI Walking Tour and Boat Trip in Fowey

On Thursday, a group from Crowlas & Ludgvan WI joined in the County Trip to Fowey. The weather was mostly kind so ice creams were enjoyed by those who braved the seagulls!

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The day started with a meander around this ancient town which, thanks to its deep harbour, is still a commercial port as well as a safe mooring for many yachts. Along the way we saw the homes of Daphne Du Maurier (where she wrote Rebecca) and Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows started as a series of letters sent to his children while he and his wife enjoyed an extended holiday in Fowey.

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The narrow, steep streets wind around the grounds of Place House, home for many centuries to the Treffry family. Although very little of Tudor Fowey survives, there are many old buildings which give the town charm and character. Fishermen’s cottages (well, originally) line the riverbank with their own moorings running down to the water.

After a picnic lunch for some, and a pub lunch for others, off we went on our 45-minute boat trip up the river, down again to its mouth and then back to the harbour. The boatman’s commentary added to our pleasure, reinforcing what we had learned either during our walk or on the trip on the land train.

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A few of us finished the day by having a rollicking good time scoffing scones and cream in a tea garden.

We all had a great day; Fowey has a laid-back atmosphere, lots of cafes and interesting shops, wonderful views and lots of history. Definitely a day out to be recommended, so thank you to Pat Gloyn for arranging this wonderful outing!

Click here to see some more of Ruth’s fantastic photos of the day.

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