The town of Fowey has been important as a port since Celtic times. In the early centuries AD, gold, mined in Southern Ireland, was transported by sea to the estuary of the river Camel and then hauled overland to Fowey. This was to avoid the dangers of Land's End and the Lizard. From Fowey, it was then exported to Europe and Egypt. Today, Fowey is the 9th largest exporting port in the UK mostly china clay and also a major yachting centre around Albert Quay so named after Queen Victoria landed here with Albert, the Prince Consort in 1846. From here you can visit Lanhydrock House, the Lost Garden of Heligan, Restormel Castle and Tintagel Castle.
The source of the Fowey River is near Brown Willy the highest point in Cornwall on Bodmin Moor, and meanders over 30 miles of moor and marsh to the Fowey Harbour and the sea. The Fowey River is tidal and navigable for small vessels from Lostwithiel Bridge, at high tide, to Fowey Harbour about 7 miles south. It flows through some of the most beautiful and historic countryside in England.
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