The River FoweyFollow the magnificent River Fowey as it winds through the heart of Cornwall
The River Fowey, Cornwall
Beginning its life at Fowey Well on the windy heights of Bodmin Moor, the River Fowey winds its way across 27 miles of beautiful Cornish landscape, eventually spilling out into the sea at Fowey.
Alongside so many of Cornwall’s best loved features, the River Fowey can be found. Standing on top of Brown Willy, you can see the Fowey carving through the expanse of Bodmin Moor below. Beyond, it feeds into Siblyback Lake, skirts along the front of Trago Mills, flows through the centre of Lostwithiel and winds up at the breathtaking Fowey coastline. So much more than a body of water, the River Fowey is key to the Cornish identity, its landscape and its people.
The name “Fowey” comes from the rIver’s Cornish name “Fowydh”, which means “beech trees”.
The Fowey provides much of the Cornish water supply, ensuring the taps keep flowing in our homes and businesses.
Get involved on the River FoweyIf you love your local river, understand how vital it is to you in your life and share our passion for keeping it healthy for you and your community, then there are many ways for you to get involved. Whether it’s helping on a river clean-up day, becoming a river scientist, going on a river walk or simply making a donation, working together we can help your river bring water to life for many years and generations to come.
A stroll by Golitha Falls…
We have teamed up with iwalk Cornwall to bring you a selection of the most beautiful river walks along the Fowey.
On the edge of Bodmin Moor, under the shelter of the ancient oak woodland, Golitha Falls is an ideal place for a riverside walk.
Here, dropping 90 metres from the moorland above to the lowland below, the River Fowey gushes across a series of cascades, coiling through the dense woodland.
And, as it flows, a well trodden footpath mirrors its dramatic descent.
Following the river’s course through the seasons, this much loved walking route takes you past blankets of bluebells and fallen leaves, tangles of tree roots, thickets of blackberries, moss covered boulders and remnants of the Wheal Maria copper mine; all with the rushing Fowey below.
Come summer or winter, the river at Golitha Falls, carving through its extraordinary woodland setting, is a truly stunning place to stretch your legs.
River Fowey Stories
From Roman times to the present day, Westcountry rivers have been an ever-present thread running through our communities, our culture and our heritage. Ever increasingly, we have come to realise how wonderful it is to spend time on, in or near a river and they are so often the backdrop to our fondest memories of days spent outdoors, being active and spending time with nature.
Latest news from the River Fowey
In our latest Western Morning News article, our head of fisheries and river management Bruce Stockley talks about fishing in relation to the environment.It's an obvious fact that country sports need the natural environment to function, but does the environment need...read more
Elver fishermen on the River Parrett in Somerset have donated 20,000 elvers from catches to help boost eel populations in the River Huntspill.And we were on hand to help release them (see photo below).With the help of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, the...read more
Simon Browning, our Senior Data & Evidence Officer, shares his thoughts with the Western Morning News.As we race around in our cars, effortlessly defying gravity at the touch of an accelerator, it can be easy to lose touch with the subtle slopes of our landscape....read more