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St Austell once famous for its China Clay industry now relies more on the Eden Project to attract national and international interest.
Fowey, pronounced Foy to rhyme with Joy! Situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey, Fowey is not only an historic town but also a commercial seaport. Situated on the opposite bank, also at the mouth of the river, is the village of Polruan. A regular passenger ferry connects the two and further up river a car ferry runs from Fowey to Bodinnick on the other side of the river. Extremely busy during Fowey Regatta Week in August, where the Red Arrows put on a spectacular display each year.
Looe is the stunningly beautiful fishing port on the south coast of Cornwall. It has a fine large sandy beach. Looe Island is in the bay and can be reached by boat. There are many shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes offering all manner of fayre. Looe is a busy fishing port and is also the centre of the shark fishing industry. Fishing trips can be arranged and boats can be hired.
Polperro has a large car park at the entrance to the village and you can take a stroll down to the fascinating old fishing harbour with its beautiful coastal scenery. There are wonderful walks on the South West Coastal Path or you can go for a boat trip or fishing trip from one of the boats out of the harbour.
Charlestown, a harbour village, was a Georgian 'new town', a port development planned by local landowner Charles Rashleigh (after whom it was named) and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay. These days the port derives its income from the film industry. The unspoilt port with Georgian character has been the location for Poldark, Hornblower and Mansfield Park to name but a few. The Shipwreck Rescue and Heritage centre in an ex-china clay building exhibits the towns past maritime culture.
Mevagissey - a magical place to visit on your holiday with its narrow twisted streets. A traditional Cornish fishing village, where you can browse gift shops and art galleries, try the local ale in one of the many pubs, have a fine dinner in one of the excellent restaurants. It has a large car park and can get very busy during peak season.