Take the passenger ferry and explore Fowey


Polruan is situated opposite Fowey and is linked by a passenger ferry which provides a regular, year round service. A car ferry to Fowey runs from nearby Bodinnick - famous for its associations with Daphne du Maurier.

The Fowey Estuary is one of the most attractive areas of the Cornish Coast and is adjacent to miles of open countryside, much of which is owned by the National Trust.

Polruan itself is a delightful, unspoilt fishing village with a jumble of little streets and walkways leading down to the harbour with its two excellent pubs, local shops and small beach.

The area is ideal for a peaceful self-catering holiday whether you delight in messing around in boats, walking the wonderful cliff walks (the start of the Hall Walk is 5 minutes from Driftwood), dining in one of the many excellent local restaurants in Fowey just across the water or visiting the many attractions this part of Cornwall has to offer including the Eden Project, wonderful gardens including Heligan and a wealth of childrens attractions. Oh - and of course - enjoying what Cornwall is probably best known for - its many wonderful beaches.

Polruan's location - half way down the Cornish peninsula - makes this spot an ideal base to visit the rest of the county although, once here, you may find you don't want to travel too far…

The local coastline and countryside is wonderfully unspoilt and beautiful with dramatic cliffs and sheltered beaches and coves. Walkers are in their element with a breathtaking stretch of the Heritage coast, cared for by the National Trust, literally on the doorstep, together with the start of the famous Hall Walk.

For those able to tear themselves away from the tranquility of Polruan, cosmopolitan Fowey nestles just across the estuary with its excellent selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and two beaches.

View from an early morning walk View from an early morning walk
  • Take the M5 to Exeter, then the A38 to Plymouth. After passing Plymouth, follow the A38 into Cornwall towards Liskeard, then stay on the A38 as far as Dobwalls.
  • At Dobwalls take the A390 towards St Austell.
  • Go through East Taphouse. After the petrol station turn left onto the B3359 to Polruan.
  • After about 5 miles, turn right at the Y-junction towards Polruan.
  • After a further 4 miles, at a junction with a phone box, take a left turn to Polruan.
  • On entering Polruan, follow the road towards the harbour. About half way done the hill, there is a meeting room and church on the left-hand side. The entrance to Driftwood will be found virtually opposite on the right, just after a row of small white painted cottages.
  • There is ample parking for two cars, one behind the other. Although the turn is quite tight.