Fowey, Polperro & Looe

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Fowey is situated on the west side of the beautiful Fowey Estuary. With stunning scenery and lovely atmosphere this is a great location for anybody.

As well as being a commercial port for the nearby china clay industry, the estuary is also used by fishing boats and also by local and visiting yachtsmen as the natural harbour provides a safe haven.

The river is tidal and can also get busy with commercial craft so care should always be taken when planning water activities.

Fowey has several quays from where ferries across to Bodinnick and Polruan operate and also the water taxi that runs yachtsmen to their boats.

Fowey Regatta week takes place in August and is extremely popular. The photo top right shows one of the working boat races that take place. All sorts of other festivities usually take place including a carnival and a show by the Red Arrows.


Polruan is opposite Fowey on the East side of the river Fowey. It is tucked inside the entrance to the river and it’s fortification once helped protect the Estuary.


Polruan has it’s own harbour area for boats that provides lovely safe moorings that are completely sheltered from the prevailing southwesterly winds.

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Bodinnick is a village situated on the East side of the Fowey Estuary. The ferry that travels back and forth from Fowey operates from the quay here, giving the pub it’s name of the ‘Old Ferry Inn’. The ferry slipway is a popular fishing spot.

Sea Fishing in Fowey area

The entrance to the river is a great place to fish and fishing from the rocks on either the east or west side should produce mackerel, bass, dogfish and flatfish.

Some decent sized mullet can be caught around here, especially in the river. You could also catch yourself a congor.

If you prefer river fishing to sea angling then the Fowey river has plenty of salmon and trout too but make sure you have an appropriate licence.

Festivals and Regattas in Fowey area

Fowey Mussel Fest

Fowey Regatta Week

Polperro Music & Arts Festival

Recommended Accommodation in Fowey area

Cottage Escapes – Unique and exclusive holiday accommodation –

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East Looe

Looe is a fishing town that is divided by the River Looe into East Looe and West Looe.

East Looe has tiny streets that contain the bulk of the shops, restaurants and pubs of Looe and also the fish market.

East Looe has a large sandy beach and also a lifeboat station.

West Looe

West Looe is on the opposite side of the river Looe to East Looe and many of the buildings are built high into the hillside.


A road runs along the quayside and then up over the hill to the west where you will find St Georges Island (also known as Looe Island).


There is also a rocky shoreline with ample parking along the roadside.

Talland Bay

Talland Bay is situated between Looe and Polperro and is accessed by a narrow road so we would only recommend driving down to the beach if you are confident at reversing!The beach is a mixture of amazing coloured rocks, many of them pink and sand.

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Polperro is a quaint fishing harbour and village between Looe and Fowey. Much of the streets in Polperro are very narrow and in the summer months are prohibited to traffic so It is necessary to park in the main car park and then walk down to the village. Park and ride options are in operation during summer months.Polperro is very picturesque and well worth a visit.

Sea Fishing in Looe & Polperro area

Around the Looe area you should easily catch mackerel, dogfish, wrasse and pollock.

Polperro is a good spot for mackerel, wrasse and pollock but it can get very busy with tourists during the summer months.

Fishing off the rocks at Talland Bay is probably the preferred option as it is far less touristy and there are some great spots to fish.

Festivals and Regattas in Looe & Polperro area

Looe Lugger Regatta
Looe Festival of Food & Drink

Recommended Things to Do in Looe & Polperro area

Wild Futures – Looe – saving primates and habitats worldwide

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