Located at the point where the River Fowey spills out into the English Channel, Fowey teeters on a steep bank over its picturesque estuary setting. A postcard-perfect town of quaint English charm, elegant churches peer over stone streets, while friendly craft stores and antique shops sell idiosyncratic wares. In the waters, spindly crabs cling to the shore, as little boats bob back and forth. Set between Portsmouth and Falmouth, quaint Fowey is perfectly placed for exploring more of Cornwall's legendary coastline.
Rent a boat to see sleepy Fowey's picturesque slopes from the harbour, or explore on foot for some of the best hiking opportunities. The South West Coast Path instantly immerses you in some of the region's finest sweeping coastal views, as you crunch along trails, with wildflower-sprinkled fields on one side and the rhythmic wash of the waves on the other. Hike to discover hidden beaches and cutaway coves, or take on the tricky trail to St Catherine's Castle - a fortress hidden within a seam in the headland.
The golf ball domes of the Eden Project contain a unique greenhouse garden project from the future, incubating a thriving indoor rainforest environment. Or, head to the Lost Gardens Heligan, an incredible 200 hectares of Victorian gardens, which were lost below a mesh of unruly weeds, until their rediscovery 25 years ago. After a day of walking and exploring, nothing tastes better - and is more deserved - than a cone of salt-and-vinegar lashed chips and freshly battered cod.