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Small bridge over river to cottage

The Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan

No walking holiday is complete without attempting the Hall Walk, which takes you from Fowey to Bodinnick via the car ferry and around the coastal footpath to Polruan.

Spring is a perfect time to try this four-mile walk, when the wild flowers are in abundance. Start by taking the ferry from Fowey to Bodinnick and walking up the steep hill, past the Old Ferry Inn and Daphne du Maurier's house to take the right turn along the marked footpath. A short way along this path stands the memorial to the novelist and scholar Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and here you'll find open views of Fowey Harbour and Polruan.

Kayakers with cottages in background

The path runs above the northern bank of Pont Pill, a tributary to the River Fowey. At the end of the wooded section, pass through the stile and kissing gate, walk along the field fence (on your right) for a short way before taking the right-hand gate back into the woods. This section of path is downhill and quite rocky. At the junction, turn sharply to the right and continue down to the small hamlet of Pont.

Row boat on river with rural buildings

Cross the wooden footbridge (St Willow's Bridge) and continue up the path past the cottages. Take the first path on the right signed Polruan. Follow the path uphill through a gate over farmland and through another gate into woodland. Then take the lower path which leads you into Polruan, where refreshments can be found at Crumpets Café, The Russell Inn or The Lugger. From here, there's a passenger ferry that will take you back to Fowey, where there is a wide selection of cafés and pubs to aid recovery!