A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW09
Visit Mevagissey and Fowey without the car! From St Austell bus station take First Bus No. 26 (Mon – Sat.)to Mevagissey. After experiencing the sights of Mevagissey, from the harbour you can take the pedestrian boat ferry to Fowey and enjoy two of Cornwall’s most picturesque and contrasting harbours by land and sea. Then you can return either by the ferry to Mevagissey or alternatively take the bus from Fowey (Bus Number 25) to return you to St Austell.
There is a bit of almost everything in this day out. Firstly, of course, an essential ingredient to every Cornish summer – the boat trip! This is the Cornish mainland’s only open sea crossing – so be prepared for a fairly exhilarating ride when the wind is from the south or east! It is one of the most memorable sea journeys to be had anywhere in the southwest of England and takes in some of the county’s most beautiful coastline (and the occasional dolphin or basking shark).
Mevagissey is a delightful small working harbour with around 70 licensed fishing boats
and a variety of pleasure craft. There is an aquarium displaying most of our native fish and a really outstanding folk museum, both of which are free to visit. There is a good model railway exhibition and a variety of independent shops and galleries.
Fowey is a complete contrast to Mevagissey and boasts not only Cornwall’s most beautiful natural harbour but also its best climate (Mevagissey residents dispute this!). It is a haven for thousands of resident and visiting yachts and, (probably as a result of this) offers a good variety of pubs and restaurants – so stop here for your lunch! There are also beautiful picnic spots and walks around the harbour if time allows.
Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry
First sailing 10am (9.30am 19th July – 9th September)
Runs daily May – September inclusive.
(weather permitting – check website or phone if in doubt)
Return boat fare: £12 adult, £6 child (under 16)