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