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Ferries to Fowey

(from Polruan and Bodinnick)

Information, Timetables & Charges

Rest your mouse arrow on photos to see captionsThe Bodinnick to Fowey  car  ferry on the left and on the right the former home of author Daphne du Maurier. Photo: R.J.Tarr © 2001

A favourite "day out" for visitors staying in Looe is to visit Fowey, which is an interesting small town on the west side of the Fowey estuary. The Fowey estuary is full of interest, with craft of every size from rowing boats to global freighters. On the eastern side of the Fowey estuary is a village called Polruan which has beautiful views and interesting pubs and is connected to Fowey by a pedestrian only ferry. From a smaller village called Bodinnick, slightly further up the estuary, there is a vehicle ferry to Fowey. (Adjacent to the slipway to the ferry is a wonderfully situated house called "Ferryside" - not open to the public - where the famous author Daphne du Maurier once lived).

Fowey, late afternoon, from Polruan. Photo: R.J.Tarr © 2001

From Looe, if you are fit and enthusiastic enough, you can walk* via the South West Coastal Path from Looe (West Looe - Hannafore - Talland Bay - Polperro, to Polruan. This is a superb but long walk - 12 miles - beautiful coastal scenery - return by bus or taxi)

Most will choose to go by car to Polruan, and park in a large-ish car park above the village of Polruan (well signposted). After enjoying the delights of Polruan you can walk down to the quayside and take the pedestrian ferry across to Fowey - but don't forget to make the return crossing before the ferry stops for the day! (And if you are returning by bus, be sure of the bus times!)

In summer, Headland garden in Polruan is open to the public in aid of the RNLI on one afternoon each week. This garden, which overlooks the mouth of the Fowey estuary, has a magnificent location and is one of the most memorable gardens in Britain - don't miss it!

Polruan and the Fowey river - always something to see. Photo: R.J.Tarr © 2001If you actually want to take your car across to Fowey, take the A387 towards Polperro. After approximately 2 miles turn right on the B3359, go through Pelynt and about 1 mile further on look for a sign-post (left) to Bodinnick. This is a pleasant drive in itself and is also a good way to get to Par, St. Austell and other places to the west, such as the Eden Project, as it is in the order of 12 miles shorter than the alternative route via Lostwithiel. The ferry crossing, though short (about 5 minutes) is always interesting, but in high season you must expect queues.

* Normally - but at present the Coastal Path is closed due to Foot & Mouth Disease Restrictions as it crosses farm land grazed by livestock.
Polruan Pedestrian Ferry
1st October to 30 April
Monday to Friday First ferry 0715 Last ferry from Polruan 1855
    Last ferry from Fowey 1900
Saturday First ferry 0730 last ferries as above
Sunday First ferry 1000 last ferries as above
1st May to 30 September    
Monday to Saturday First ferry 0715 Last ferry from Polruan 2255
    Last ferry from Fowey 2300
Sunday First ferry 1000 last ferries as above
    last ferries as above
The cost is 70p per person (50p for under 13s)


Bodinnick Car Ferry
31st October to 31st March    
Monday to Friday First ferry 0700 last ferry from Bodinnick 1755
    last ferry from Fowey 1800
Saturday First ferry 0800 as above
Sunday First ferry 0900 as above
1st April to 30th September    
Monday to Friday First ferry 0700 Last ferry runs at "lighting up time" and so gets progressively later - up to 2045 and 2050 respectively in mid-Summer (late June)
Saturday First ferry 0800 as above
Sunday First ferry 0900 as above
Car plus 2 passengers = £1.75 Car and caravan or trailer - Pedestrians -
Car plus 4 passengers= £1.80 with 2 passengers £3.50
with 4 passengers £3.60
Adults 50p each
Children 35p each

Information: Tony White, Polperro, 18 March 2001. Design & Photos: Bob Tarr © 2001

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