Following the Fowey

March 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend I got the chance to have a wander around Lostwithiel and Fowey. Having dropped my daughter off near Bodmin for a Girl Guide event I had a good few hours to kill. Excellent! How often do we get six hours or so to just wander around and take photos? 

I started off in Lostwithiel, an old Stannery town on the river Fowey. The old Carriage works on the bank of the river are now Luxury flats:

 

Walking through town I found an interesting and very old building, later research revealed this is the Stannary Palace and may be the oldest non-ecclesiastical building in Cornwall, dating back to the thirteenth century. Part of this building is now owned by the Free Masons as evidenced by the door furniture:

Further into town I stopped at the 12th Century bridge over the river Fowey. there's a nice patch of grass here with a rope swing across the river and some in-situ BBQ's.

I took a drive up to Restormal Castle but it was closed for the winter. There's a nice walk down to Lanhydrock along a pretty valley; I went about half way and turned back, keen to get to Fowey before lunchtime.

On to Fowey, I parked at the top of the town where a vantage point allows a good view of the rooftops including "Place House" an imposing private residence that dominates the skyline. 

Behind Fowey church is a lovely row of cottages including the one below with a huge laurel growing outside. 

I carried on up the hill and wandered around the outside of Place House, finding the main gate. 

At the far end of the estuary is St Catherine's castle; I didn't get this far but stopped for a while to take in the views of Polruan across the estuary before heading back to the car and home


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