We’ve been to Fowey before, but parked in the main car park at the top of the hill which can be a bit of a schlep. On this visit we had arranged to meet up with the Aussie family at Readymoney Cove so parked in that car park and walked down a pathway known as the ‘Parade’ to the beach. A much gentler stroll.

Readymoney Cove

Though I was persuaded to hike up the hill through Covington Wood to visit St Catherine’s castle on the headland which kind of negated the gain. The gun tower was built between 1538-40 by Thomas Treffey as part of Henry VIII’s national defence programme and during WWII there was a gun emplacement here protecting the harbour area.

The climb does reward you with panoramic views.

This odd looking structure below was formerly a lime kiln which was converted in 1935 to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. It is now a shelter with toilets and a small shop underneath and a lawned area above with benches where you can sit and admire the views.

Lime Kiln

The cove was used as a watering hole for shipping and in the 18th century there were fish cellars and later shipbuilding and ship breaking on the beach and is a waypoint on the Saints Way, a 47km/29 mile walk between Padstow on the north coast and Fowey that follows the traditional route of early missionaries.

Point Neptune

Readymoney cottage (below) was home to Daphne du Maurier and her three children from 1942 until the end of 1943 before she moved into Menabilly, a grander house she had known for years and which is reputedly one of the inspirations for Manderley, the atmospheric but doom-laden house and estate in Rebecca.

Daphne Du Maurier’s 1940s home – Readymoney cottage

After spending an hour or two skimming stones and paddling we all took the fairly level walk along the Esplanade into the town with views across the harbour to Polruan and a very pretty riverside garden.

The Aussies took the ferry across to Polruan as a certain small person had been promised a ferry ride whilst I took a short walk around with the camera.

Ferry to Polruan

Fowey is a small port town dating back to 1300 with a fascinating maritime history and gorgeous medieval and Georgian buildings. It is in a conservation area and has quaint narrow and winding streets. The main Fore Street is a vibrant hub of independent shops selling arty knick-knacks and there are plenty of great places to eat.

Fowey harbour has been a trading place since the Bronze Age and during the Medieval period was the most important port in Cornwall trading with France, Spain and Portugal.

If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you would like to join in too. She’s very welcoming.

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45 thoughts on “Readymoney Cove to Fowey

    1. It was a pleasant amble along the Esplanade Sue and the walk down to the beach (and back) was much easier than to the main car park. I couldn’t live in any of these hilly fishing villages though. Ludlow was a bit too hilly for me too.

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  1. We went to Fowey on a gloomy post-Christmas day, and parked in that car park at the top of the town. What a long haul back it seemed too. Anyway, your visit to the town is far lovelier, and I’m sorry we missed Readymoney Cove. Lots of good reasons here to return.

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  2. 29 miles? When do we start? 🙂 🙂 I like the look of Neptune’s Point. Oh, but can I have a ferry ride first, please? I can tell the weather’s not good, Jude- all this productivity. 🙂 I am waiting for the health report. And thank you very much! I was somewhere in the vicinity with Dad once but I don’t remember it well.

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    1. The weather is definitely not good today Jo! A lot of these posts were drafted before Christmas though, but delayed due to the SquareSky challenge. Foot slightly improved and I am awaiting new shoes to see if they help. If not I shall definitely call the podiatrist. Promise!

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      1. Humph! You’d better, Missy! 🙂 🙂 I never really got into the hang of drafting posts. Last minute Alice! Or Spontaneous Jo? Take your pick! 🙂 The only one I have half written is the one I’m doing Thursday, and then I’ll be empty again. 😦

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  3. The last time I holidayed in Cornwall was in 1990. We went for a week in Looe, in September. During that time, we took a day trip down to Polperro and Fowey, but as with all of that particular week, torrential rained ruined any decent sightseeing. Nice to see it in better weather, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Funny, the only time I have been to Looe and Polperro since moving down this way it was pouring with rain. So heavy we didn’t even bother to park. I’d like to have another go at seeing them. Maybe early spring before the tourists arrive.

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  4. Lots of great info in your post, Jude. (Laughing at Steve’s comment about about schlepping) Love your images of the town – especially the view across the water of the houses on the hill with the boats. Wishing you a fabulous 2018 filled with adventures.

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  5. I love this post, more verbally expansive than usual, and photographically varied. You’ve created some lovely compositions – framed by trees, through portholes, looking down and across, above a curved blue fence. You’ve also given a strong sense of history. When are you walking the Saints Walk – or do you have other plans for achieving sanctity?? Any idea why it’s called Readymoney?

    I cannot believe you passed on a ferry ride, even if we were beneficiaries.

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    1. Sadly Meg I think long distance walks aren’t going to happen. I’m fine on a flat even surface, but ups and downs are too much for the knees. There is a shorter Pilgrim walk close to me and I might attempt part of that one in the summer. The name ‘Readymoney’ is believed to be derived from an old word, ‘redeman’, which was a shallow ford or stepping stones. And the ferry ride is VERY short!

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    1. The ferry ride was very short and to the other side of the river where there isn’t really anything to look at so I preferred to wander around Fowey instead. The castle walk was fine, other than an uneven path through the wood. As you say, the views were worth the effort 🙂

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  6. Impossible not to stop for a post about a place called Readymoney Cove. And it looks quite nice actually. (That’s the condescending Aussie beaches are so much better than English beaches bit.) I do like a wander and this one had a bit of everything really. Thanks for letting me catch up and tag along.

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      1. Being a southern girl, I’m more attracted to the Shipwreck Coast standard of beach rather than the Whitsundays type so Cornwall beaches are actually my kind of beach anyway. Brighton on the other hand…. Let’s not go there. Verbally or physically.

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    1. I had heard about this place, but didn’t realise how close to the town it was. A much easier walk than parking in the main car park, though there is a shuttle bus to and from that one.

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