Friday, 6 April 2018

A-Z Challenge 2018 - British Rivers: 'F' River Fowey

I first went to the Cornish town of Fowey in 2007 just after my elder son moved there to live. 2007 also happened to be the centenary year of the birth of Daphne du Maurier.

Ferryside by the River Fowey
Ferryside was the house where Daphne wrote The Loving Spirit, her first novel. Daphne's son Kit and his family live in Ferryside today. If you look closely at the right corner of the house you should be able to make out the ship figurehead from the Jane Slade which inspired Daphne to write that first book.

Further along the Fowey estuary on the town side you will come to - 

Neptune's Point at Readymoney Cove
Daphne lived at Readymoney - not that big house - back from the beach in 1942 and 1943.

The River Fowey rises on Bodmin Moor and flows to the sea on the south coast.

Sketch map of the rivers of South Cornwall including the River Fowey
Fowey harbour was one of those on the South Coast from which invasion fleets sailed on D-Day 1944. This view looking towards the open sea, with the village of Polruan on the opposite bank, looks much more peaceful.

These days of course, visits to Fowey are made by many cruise ships.

I must say I prefer the cruises on much smaller vessels along the Fowey and from which to admire the town.

Fowey from the river
Photo attribution:

  • Sketch map: 15 May 2009, by Andy F - CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.


A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Readymoney :D Is that a house or a place?

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Emily Bloomquist said...

Looks like a lovely, peaceful river to cruise down, Bob. That huge cruise ship does look a bit out of place.

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Kristin said...

The little house with the garden, not so little probably, but it looks so cozy and such a nice garden. So many rivers!

Wendy said...

If I had a small boat, I would fear being run over by the cruise ship.

Bob Scotney said...

A Tarkabarka Holgy - Readymoney is a place - a district of Fowey

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - I'm horrified to see that cruise ship there ... but guess they're everywhere they can be and then off-load in smaller boats to sight see or be taken on a tour ... I knew you'd do Fowey - but am shocked by that ship!! Cheers Hilary

Heather Erickson said...

What a beautiful town! I especially love the first 2 pictures because of the blue skies.

Nancy Adkins said...

What a beautiful place to spend time. You are really adding places to our bucket travel list.

Joss said...

What a beautiful area. There's so much of our world I long to visit. There's a time I owned copies of all of Ms du Maurier's books.

Donna B. McNicol said...

Perfect photos...hard to believe that cruise ship fits in there!

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Jo said...

I'm wrong, this is a river I know having spent a week in Cornwall many, many years ago. Loved the area. Loved the seafood.

Jemima Pett said...

Lovely views - shame about the cruise ships. Personally I think they should be banned - they do horrible things to the marine ecology.

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