Mevagissey and Fowey

Two equally stunning Cornish harbours between Falmouth and Plymouth, quite different in nature. Mevagissey is perfect fishing harbour built up within a cove, with a substantial fleet of fishing boats and room for half a dozen visiting yachts to moor up fore and aft, rafted together if necessary. There are plenty of tourist boats too, taking folk out for cruises around the bay or mackerel fishing trips. It's accessible at all points of the tide and so is busy all day. As always the harbour master was helpful and friendly, the facilities basic but a shower and loo were available, £14 a night was a bargain. A walk ashore in the warm sunshine and a pint in one of the harbourside pubs followed by supper of locally caught hake; perfect day topped off by a fantastic deep red sunset.

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The South-west Coast Path has been the source of many of our walks and runs, it never disappoints, some stunning scenery, the prettiest coves and beaches, and hills, always lots of hills. Usually I try to find a circular walk, either out along the coast path and returning along an inland path or vice-versa, often incorporating a swim.

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Thursday's swimming spot, accessed by steps down from coast path

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Chris found a tame water buffalo to ride around the bay !

After our walk and swim we left Mevagissey for the short sail east to Fowey, where we had arranged to meet Suffolk friends Rosie and Peter Starling, aboard their yacht Pegasus, also aboard were Becca Cowley and Jay Stone. I caught two good sized mackerel as we left the bay!!
Pegasus had been berthed in Plymouth for a few weeks for easy access to the beautiful south-west of England, we're thinking we might bring Bliss down early in the season 2018 and leave her there, we can drive or train down for the occasional long weekend or week's break to explore more of this coastline, maybe even the Scillies.
We arrived at about 4.30, shortly after Pegasus and rafted the boats together on a mooring buoy, great excitement at seeing our friends and several bottles of bubbly consumed to mark the occasion. Rosie cooked us a marvellous supper and a lovely fun evening was had, Becca in charge of teaching us all a new card game, she was very patient.
Fowey is a commercial port and a serious yachting centre, lots of moorings but also the ability to accommodate commercial vessels of 100 metres, and an occasional cruise ship!

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It's quite surprising waking up to find one of these has snuck in, managing to turn round and anchor without disturbing you.

Saturday had quite a slow start, Pegasus and crew left on their way west to the Helford River, we did a coastal walk along to Lantic Cove for a swim then inland and back along the wooded valley to Polruan, a lovely route. Then back aboard Bliss for a mackerel supper.

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Fowey from Polruan

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Lantic Bay