Fowey, St Catherine's Point and Coombe Haven

This walk from Coombe Farm provides a way to discover Fowey making a detour, St Catherine's Castle, the secluded Coombe Haven and Polridmouth Cove using partly the South West Coast path.

Technical sheet
No. 3864085
A Fowey walk posted on 18/08/20 by charentimoy. Update : 10/12/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 4.18mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 515ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 535ft
Highest point Highest point : 249ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 13ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Fowey
Starting point Starting point : N 50.330329° / W 4.656974°
Download : -
The mouth of the River Fowey Polruan from Fowey Gribbin Head and the Daymark Coombe Haven and Polruan from the path

Description

Park your car at Coombe Farm National Trust car park.

(D/A) From the entrance, turn right onto the track following "the Coast Path, Coombe Haven" signpost, go past Coombe Farm heading to the meadow overlooking the sea. Bear sharply left along the field, then enter the grove until a junction with "The Saints Way" path.

(1) Turn right, descend the path which becomes progressively steeper and slippery. Be careful! If you want to make a detour to visit Fowey, turn left to join the road, go past Ready Money Cove on your right. Continue this road along the estuary enjoying the view over Polruan Harbour and his blockhouse protecting the other side of the bank.

(2) From the junction, turn right onto Lostwithiel Street, then left at the fork at South Street until you reach the church. From the church, go down Market Street or Webb street leading to the Town Quay where you can find a pub for a break. Retrace your steps until you join the first steep path you used.

(3) Ascend the path on your left (can be a bit muddy) and bear left two times at forks heading to St Catherine's Point. The castle built by the Tudor Henry VIII in 1540 provides a very nice viewpoint over the mouth of the River Fowey and Polruan! St' Catherine's Point became as well the site of a Royal Artillery coastal defence battery during the Second World War. Retrace your steps to the last fork, bear left until the path joins the coastal path when you enter an open meadow.

(4) Head to the lovely Coombe Haven walking along the coast. Continue up until you catch sight of Gribbin Head and his daymark in front of you far away. You finally reach Polridmouth Cove.

(5) From this cove, bear right at Coombe Farm car park signpost (yellow arrow). Past the gate, climb this path between fields leading to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 249ft - Coombe Farm National Trust car park
1 : mi 0.4 - alt. 171ft - The Saints Way
2 : mi 1.15 - alt. 56ft - Lostwithiel Street
3 : mi 2.1 - alt. 125ft - Path
4 : mi 2.7 - alt. 52ft - Coombe Haven
5 : mi 3.56 - alt. 43ft - Polridmouth Cove
D/A : mi 4.18 - alt. 246ft - Coombe Farm National Trust car park

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 10 May 2021 09:16:19 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 06/05/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Great way to visit the village. Good views.

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