Penhale Caravan & Camping Park in Fowey is my all time favourite bank holiday camping location. Ideally situated between the beach and town you get the best of both worlds. Plus, the views of the sea are just what every adventurer needs to wake up to in the morning. Bloomin’ glorious!
The campsite has all the facilities you need including a shop, for those forgotten essentials (hello marshmallows), a freezer to chill ice blocks and a reception where you can pick up leaflets on things to do in the area.
The wonderful Polkerris beach is a short walk away through the lower end of the campsite, over a field and down the forest to beach walkway. The beach isn’t huge but it’s definitely not tiny, I’ve never not been able to find a spot for my towel. From the beach, you can hire paddle boards, kayaks, windsurf and sailing boats. There are plenty of hidden beaches either side of Polkerris beach up along the coast so get yourself some form of water transportation and don’t forget to pack your dry bag. Who doesn’t love a private bathing spot!
Top Tip: If you’re after a campsite near the Eden project you’re in luck as Penhale is only a 10-minute drive away. Perfect if you fancied a plant-based, family friendly exploration day.
In Fowey itself, you can hire paddleboards as well as small motorboats to explore the harbour. From here you can also ‘all aboard’ the boat over to explore Polruan. The two harbours have quite the history. Something I’d never seen before visiting Fowey was a blockhouse. With one on the Fowey side and one on the Polruan side, these were initially built with canons to defend the estuary, however, after an attack by the French in 1457 a great chain was installed and would be raised between the two blockhouses when there was fear of enemy invasion to defend the towns. Interesting stuff ey!
Interested in my two my favourite walks in Fowey? Sure you are. There’s a circular route from the campsite along the coast via the Gribbin Daymark Tower and back through the town which is a corker. Be sure to visit on a Sunday so that you can actually climb the tower and meet the volunteer at the top. Boy do they have some stories. The other walk, known as The Hall Walk, starts in Polruan and takes you behind the town through the hilltop forest. There are some truly magnificent views of Fowey harbour from this walk, check it out below, and with The Old Ferry Inn waiting for you at the end I’m starting to wonder why I don’t do this walk every visit.
Pubs & Restaurants
If you don’t fancy hosting a bbq back at the campsite there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in Fowey. If you’re after a takeaway to eat on the harbour wall you can’t beat the fish and chips served at Takeaway by Havener’s. Mystically, the last two restaurants I’ve had dinner in Fowey were both replaced by my next visit. Perhaps I’m a bad omen for boutique restaurants on the Cornish coast. How niche. Anyway, although I’m unable to offer any concrete ‘I Ate Here And Loved It’ dinner recommendations there are a couple of restaurants which seem to be sticking around. The first is Sam’s, which I gather serves some excellent fishy dishes as well your all-time favourite classics. It’s certainly got a bit of a fan following. If Sam’s is full you could try Havener’s main bar and grill restaurant on the harbour. I can tell you ‘I Drank Here And Loved It’ so make of that what you will. The atmosphere is cosy and friendly and it sits right on the harbour. Winner. One piece of advice: be sure to get down to town for dinner early. I made the mistake of staying for one more game of Uno at the campsite and nearly ended up without. You’ve been warned.
Where is your favourite campsite in Cornwall?