Friday 24 April 2020

The Magical Hall Walk at Fowey Cornwall - With Lots of Photos

Beautiful views over the Fowey River, Cornwall

Today one of my favourite Cornwall walks. There is something about this area which resonates with me. I find it quite magical. I'd better add that the photos are prior the coronavirus

There is a story about King Charles I and the English Civil War relevant to the area: On the 17th of August 1644 King Charles narrowly escaped death when a shot killed a poor fisherman who was standing where the King had stood but a short while before.

This is generally known as the Hall Walk. We usually park the car and then walk down the Esplanade towards the town ...

… until we reach what was once Sir Arthur Quiller Couch's home - as below. It is said he would look at the river and the beautiful view as inspiration for his poems and writing.

Home of Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, Cornwall

From here we catch the small ferry across the River Fowey to Polruan. Note that, to confuse things a little, the ferry sometimes runs from Fowey Harbour - usually in winter.

Fowey to Polruan ferry

It's only a short ferry trip but it adds novelty to the walk - especially as there is also another ferry trip at the end of the walk, but more on that later.

The Lugger Inn is on the Polruan quay. It's possible to explore the small village from here. See my blog Polruan, Cornwall : Coastal Views, Chapel Ruins And A Castle

Lugger Inn, Polruan, Cornwall

To continue the Hall Walk head along the road and left for the hills by the River Fowey. From here their are lovely views across the river.

Looking across River Fowey

We make our way along the wooded path looking down at the river. We encountered a cockerel! Goodness knows where he came from but he didn't bother us so we didn't bother him.

A cockerel in the woods

Continuing along the path we are now alongside a tributary of the river Fowey with the catchy name of Pont Pill.

Pont Pill, Cornwall

It was a shame that the tide was out in Pont Pill as it didn't look its best - was a little muddy looking. But it's still pleasant countryside and we were up high looking down on the river. The fields we walked along here often have cows and other animals roaming free.

Pont Pill, Cornwall

Through the trees we could now look down on Ponts Pill itself - so walking downhill for a while now.

Pont Pill, Cornwall

Here we are able to cross the Pont Pill as there is a bridge across the water. It's also here that we often make a short detour to the lovely church at Lanteglos-by-Fowey.

Daphne du Maurier was married at the church and there is also a legend about the patron saint who carried his head after being decapitated. See my post: The Decapitated Saint Chose Where He Wanted His Cornish Church To Be Built

It is believed that Pont Pill was also the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger's adventures in his book The Wind in the Willows

Pont Pill Cornwall

There is a notice board from 1894 showing 'discharging dues'.

1894 Notice Board

Right, lets carry on walking - it's uphill along the opposite side of Pont Pill.

Footpath on Hall Walk, Cornwall

The path climbs higher and there are views of the river through the trees.

Trees and shrubs on Hall Walk, Cornwall

The path goes into a farmer's field via a very old cattle grid.

Very old stone cattle grid

There is a right of way along the side of the field. Be aware that there are sometimes farm animals in the field.

Green Fields on Hall Walk, Cornwall

Once out of the field we are now looking down on the river. If the weather is right the views open up before us. 

Unfortunately when I snapped this photo it was a little hazy but in the distance you can see the entrance to the River Fowey. 

On the hill to the right of the photo it's possible to just make out the Gribbin Tower on Gribbin Head. This is where much of Daphne Du Maurier's book Rebecca is based and also the house Manderley. The Gribbin farmland is the location of the murderous avian attacks in the classic film and Du Maurier's book, The Birds.

Wonderful views of Fowey River, Cornwall

As we continue along the path we can now see the town of Fowey on the opposite side of the river.

Fowey, Cornwall and River Fowey

We now leave the coastal path and head down to Bodinnick and the Bodinnick Ferry to cross the Fowey River. 

Bodinnick, Cornwall

We pass the Old Ferry Inn

Old Ferry Inn, Bodinnick, Cornwall

The Bodinnick Ferry is arriving to take us across the river to Fowey.

Fowey to Bodinnick Ferry

But, before we board the ferry, a sneaky look into the garden at Ferryside. This is the house where the author Daphne du Maurier lived when she published her very first novel. The garden is rarely seen as there is usually a big gate stopping any view.

I snapped a quick photo prior to boarding the ferry.

Ferryside, Bodinnick

Once on the ferry we can look back at Ferryside.

The ferry takes us back to Fowey. From here we have to retrace our steps, first through the narrow town, and then back to where we parked the car.

Street in Fowey, Cornwall

A few quick photos of the walk through Fowey.

Mrs Noahs, Fowey

The Lugger Pyb, Fowey, Cornwall

River Fowey, Cornwall

To see 24 more photos of Fowey itself - though on a dull day - see my post: A Flavour Of the Old Town of Fowey, Cornwall With 24 Photo


Kindly note photos were taken prior to the coronavirus. Stay safe.


  1. Fowey was a favourite place when we visited Cornwall, many years back now. Your photo's are a pleasant reminder, such lovely colours too. In one of them, the uphill bit with views of Pont Pill, there seems to be a large area of wild garlic?
    The car ferry reminds me of the one one Windermere.

  2. Thanks David. Fowey has always been a special place for us. The night we moved to Cornwall (1975) we decided to walk through the streets of Fowey, just after midnight - a magical memory for us.

    Yes, that's wild garlic, there's lots of it on many grass verges, we've even got some in our garden!

    There's also a similar ferry at Sandbanks, near Poole.




  We had to make a short visit to Fowey so I snapped a few quick photos as we walked. The first two are views on the way from the Fowey car ...