Whenever we've holidayed in Cornwall, we've stayed on the north coast. We've visited a few places on the south coast in the past but never Fowey or Mevagissey, so that's we're we headed to this time.
Fowey is pronounced Foy as in Joy. As you can see, we parked out of town and walked through the narrow streets to get down to the harbour. We usually do this as you get to see so much more of an area, and car parks are usually emptier the further away you are.
We passed lots of pretty cottages again, I loved the detail on this door.
To say that Fowey is so small, there was so much traffic trying to negotiate the small streets, which spoilt it for me. We were forever pressed up against buildings to allow cars to pass by as there were few pavements . If only people realised that parking on the outskirts allows you to see more of an area, instead, they want to park as near to the action as possible.
There were a few clouds overhead, but fortunately, it stayed dry.
After Fowey, we headed in to Mevagissey.
Again, there was quite a bit of traffic, but the streets were marginally wider than in Fowey so it didn't seem quite so much of an issue.
There were some lovely little shops which we enjoyed looking in.
Mevagissey seems more geared towards tourists than some of the villages in Cornwall, but it doesn't take it's charm away from it at all.
We enjoyed stolling around the harbour and looking at all the pretty boats.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is on the slopes above Mevagissey and we'd have liked to have visited but unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed.
Mevagissey is a place I'd definitely like to visit again.
Just found your Cornwall pics, which are delightful. Not least because you've been to some of my favourite places. I agree, it's so much nicer to park out of town and walk in.. it's just that slog back up the hill again at the end of the day!ReplyDelete
Lost Gardens of Heligan is on my wish list too.
There's so many little gems in Cornwall, plenty of new places to visit on each occasion we stay there. Yes, I agree about the slog back to the car at the end of the day, but I try to think of it as another chance to see things which I missed on the way down, there's always an up side.Delete
What an absolutely beautiful place. The water is so blue!ReplyDelete
There's so many beautiful places in Cornwall, one of the reasons we love it there so much.Delete
Yes, Fowey is pretty but I agree with you, very crowded with cars which is a shame. I don't think I've ever been to Mevagissey. I'd love to go back to Cornwall, it really is such a magical place. xReplyDelete
I'm glad you agree with me about the traffic in Fowey, I wondered if I was just being a grump. Mevagissey is a lovely place, definitely worth a visit if you do ever go back to Cornwall.Delete
Daphne DuMaurier country! I think she lived in a house overlooking Fowey, and the inspiration for Manderley is nearby. I really must go someday.ReplyDelete
Loving the seaside inspiration!
There's lots of Daphne Du Maurier connections in Cornwall. I think many people who had family holidays there as children have grown to love the place and moved there, as she did. I can understand why, such a beautiful county.Delete
Just look at the blue skies, such lovely sunny summer weather to enjoy such pretty English seaside vistas in.ReplyDelete
We were so lucky with the weather, some days started off a little overcast but the clouds cleared and we had some beautiful sunshine. It only rained one day, so I'm not complaining at that.Delete
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They were both such pretty places. I think most of Cornwall's beautiful though.Delete
It's such a pretty little village. I'm sorry to hear about the traffic, though. I really like the look of those narrow lanes but I can see where they can be a frustration in these modern times. The cottages are so pretty, though. I would love to poke around in the little shops too. :)ReplyDelete
The narrow streets really add to the charm, but they're definitely not designed for many cars to use. I should imagine that most of the traffic came from tourists looking for a car park. There were some terrific little shops and galleries as well as lots of lovely cafes and tea rooms.Delete
Hi Jo, your photos are lovely. We went to Fowey last time we went to Cornwall but we didnt get to Mevagissy. We also visited the Lost gardens of Heligan which we loved.I bought lots of daffodil bulbs when we were there and we have had a fab display for the last couple of springs.ReplyDelete
I loved Mevagissy and will return there one day to explore a little further. I would love to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, it's such a shame that so many places don't allow dogs but I can understand it when not all owners are responsible, they spoil it for the rest of us though. How lovely to have brought home some daffodil bulbs from there, they must remind you of your visit each time they bloom.Delete
Beautiful photos, Jo. Thanks for sharing. :o)ReplyDelete
I'm enjoying reliving my holiday through my photos. I'm so pleased we now have digital cameras, I'd have never taken so many photos pre digital.Delete
The photos are lovely Jo, but that is part of Cornwall I've not visited, so thanks for showing them. I've a DVD about the Lost Gardens of Heligan and that was very interesting.ReplyDelete
It was our first time to this part of Cornwall, we liked it very much. I've seen programmes about The Lost Gardens of Heligan, so interesting, as you say. I'd have loved to have visited.Delete
Jo that really does look like an amazing place, it would be good if they had some sort of charge for driving in the town center so more people would avoid it and use their legs!ReplyDelete
I would have been unhappy about that as well especially if I had my little girl with me!
I hope you're having a great week,
I don't have any problem with the people who live there using the roads, but I'm sure that much of the traffic will have been tourists who are just too lazy to walk down the hill. It was bad enough being squashed in to the sides of buildings ourselves, but even more of a pain that we had Archie with us. It was still a lovely place though.Delete
I've been to both places in and out of season when the difference in the numbers of people and cars was really noticeable. It's also the size of cars nowadays that makes it all the more problematical in places like Fowey. Flighty xxReplyDelete
I thought the different seasons would make a difference to the traffic, I suppose that proves that it's tourists. They're both lovely places though.Delete
We visited both places in March and it was bl**dy freezing then, Very pretty but very touristy.
We actually had our anniversary lunch in the Life Buoy cafe in Fowey. That was a real highlight!
I can imagine it being very bleak in winter. What a lovely memory of your anniversary. I liked both places and would definitely visit them again.Delete
Lovely photos Jo! I haven't been to Mevagissey since I was a child. I loved it then but I imagine it's considerably more commercial now.ReplyDelete
You're so right about parking a little out of town :)
Mevagissey was busy with tourists, but it was still a lovely place, one which I'd like to visit again. I'm sure it would be very quiet out of season.Delete
Jo, as an ex-pat I am always fascinated by anything somewhat local to where I once lived.ReplyDelete
Your photos of Fowey are lovely and made me feel quite homesick. Whilst living in UK I visited many areas of Cornwall, it's my favorite place in the UK for sure. Tintagel (sp.?) etc.
As far as the traffic is concerned maybe they should create a pedestrian only area (like Bournemouth, South England did) and perhaps only allow local traffic - as in those that actually live there and need access to their parking spaces.
Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I agree, Cornwall is a beautiful place. Pedestrian only areas probably wouldn't work in such small places like Fowey, but they should definitely look at allowing only local traffic, I don't see why that wouldn't work.Delete