The Beauty of South East Cornwall
Wish you were here
Reasons to visit Fowey
It is simply breathtaking and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The beautiful Mediaeval and Georgian buildings
Vibrant maritime history
Wonderful tea rooms and harbour front pubs
Start your day early and you can watch the day’s catch being auctioned on the quay and pick up some fresh fish for yourself. Looe is famous for its food and many eateries in the town serve up award winning fare from fish and chips near the river to gourmet menus in smart restaurants perched on the hill overlooking the harbour. As fishing is big business in the town visitors too can try their hand with a rod and line on organised mackerel fishing trips close to the shore or for big game hunters, you can take a boat and head down to meet the Gulf Stream 25 miles out to sea to seek out crafty blue sharks.
Polkerris Beach featured in the 'off the beaten track' section of The Sun's 'Britain's 50 best beaches' last July.
Tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Fowey in South East Cornwall, Polkerris is a hidden gem but easy to get to by car. It's also close to Par mainline station with direct and frequent train services from London. There's also an hourly bus service at the top of the road.
You'll want to make the most of Cornwall's amazing beaches, rivers, lakes and estuaries with all the fantastic watersports on offer. Here legendary kayaker, Jeff Allen talks about what makes Cornwall such a special place to Sea Kayak.
"As anyone who has ever walked the South West Coast Path will attest, this is a truly breathtaking route with some of the finest scenery you will ever see. It is fantastic to have been included in Great Adventures, and especially gratifying to know that the Coast Path is up there with other high-octane hikes such as the Tour du Mont Blanc.”
Over 40 glorious gardens to visit
Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees. From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous
Cornwall is a mecca for sailors. Why not live the high-life and charter a sleek yacht to cruise to the idyllic Isles of Scilly or explore smugglers' coves and the sheltered waterways of the Carrick Roads? Sail a catamaran from the dock where Dame Ellen MacArthur completed her epic round-the-world record breaker or learn the ropes on a sailing dinghy. Whatever floats your boat - the calm south or the challenging north coast swell - climb aboard and venture into the yachting world that is deeply ingrained in Cornwall's culture
Why visit the South coast of Cornwall?
From the windswept Coastwatch station at Rame Head in the East, to the tranquil scenery of the Helford River toward the West, the South coast of Cornwall is full of contrasts and plenty of surprises. Like a thick green carpet slung across the land, the hills roll down to the shoreline, with sandy coves and bays, where the sea is framed by whitewashed fishing villages, harbour towns and exotic sub-tropical gardens. The sheltered river estuaries are ideal for messing about in boats and inland you'll find a host of pretty villages and market towns.
Discover St Austell Bay
The curve of St Austell Bay with its many sandy beaches is a haven for watersports and family holidays. The area is also fantastic for walking and cycling with many woodlands and trails. The white peaks of the China Clay industry overlook the market town of St Austell, Cornwall's largest town dating back to the 13th century. St Austell town is situated about a mile from the coast. Walk along Fore Street and you reach the historic core of the town to discover the fine Holy Trinity Parish Church and opposite, the Italianate facade of the Market House. The shopping centre in the town centre has a cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops. Nearby is the beautiful Georgian village of Charlestown and the popular fishing village of Mevagissey. Local attractions include the world-famous Eden Project and Heligan Gardens.