Local information to help make your visit to the area as accessible and enjoyable as possible.
It also includes useful local contact information for equipment hire etc.
You may also find it helpful to visit our Essential Information Page.
Fowey is an ancient harbour town built on a hill, as a result the roads in Fowey are narrow and steep with many steps and little in the way of pavements.
Although Fowey offers plenty of parking it is limited in the centre of the town.
The information here will help you find a suitable route for parking and accessing the town.
On approaching Fowey by car you will see signs to the Bodinnick Ferry.
Follow these and park at Caffa Mill car park.
The town is a fairly level walk with some inclines approximately 10 minutes from here.
The Main car park is at the top of the town with a steep walk down.
A shuttle bus runs everyday during the summer and a limited service in the winter.
This runs from the Main car park to the town centre and back.
There are no specific facilities on the mini bus but the driver is willing to offer assistance.
View the Directions and Map page for more information.
Blue Badge and vehicle licence exempt holders (disabled) are entitled to 3 hours free parking.
Blue Badge holders need to display their badge and a time clock.
Any additional parking needs to be paid for at the appropriate tariff.
Please always check the payment board when buying a ticket.
Length of time is as follows
Short Stay Car Parks (Town and Albert Quay) – 3 Hours
Long Stay Car Parks (Main, Caffa Mill & Readymoney) – 6 hours.
As far as we understand this information is correct at the time of publication, for further information contact Cornwall Council on +44(0)300 1234 222
Coastal Cars of Fowey has access for foldable wheelchairs.
Yeos, Parnells and Pelynt taxis all have wheelchair accessable vehicles.
Some local bus routes served by First Kernow have low floor buses for wheelchair access. For further information telephone: +44(0)1872 305950
National Express offer driver assistance for those with some mobility difficulties. Service dogs are accepted. Contact the help line on +44(0)121 4234879.
Assistance at the station can be booked prior to travel. Contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 413775 for station accessibility.
Fowey offers a wide selection of shops for the visitor, you will find the traders happy to help with access to there premises either with ramps or with a personal service bought out to you. If you would like specific information on a shop please visit our Shopping page in the Directory.
Many of the restaurants and pubs in Fowey are more than happy to accommodate guests with disabilities. Please contact the individual establishment in advance for further details, contact information can be found on the Eating Out page in our Directory.
The following offer specific facilities:
The Galleon has ramp access and disabled toilets.
The Fowey Hotel has restaurant, bar and toilet facilities on the ground floor.
Level access is available via Daglands Road.
Town Quay, Fowey - Disabled toilet open all year.
Main car park - Disabled toilet open during the summer only.
Readymoney Beach - Disabled toilet open all year.
The Quay, Polruan - Disabled toilet open all year.
St Saviours Hill , Polruan - Disabled toilet open all year.
There are many places that offer facilities for guests with disabilities, although not all have been inspected to National Accessibility Standards.
Please see our Accommodation section for details.
There you will find details of properties with ratings and those with ground floor bedrooms have it listed in the facilities, (please bear in mind that there may be steps into the property).
It is always advisable to contact the service provider for further information.
For more details on accommodation with wheelchair and disability provision contact:
Tourism for all - Tel: 0845 124 9973 or www.tourismforall.org.uk
There is a Mobility Centre based in St Austell.
It is possible to hire wheelchairs, bath seats and other items of equipment to make your stay more pleasurable. They also carry out repairs. Telephone +44(0)1726 74156.
Fowey River Lions have a wheelchair which you can hire for a donation if in Fowey. Please contact the Tourist Information Centre, 5 South Street Fowey PL23 1AR or tel: 01726 833616. A £10 refundable deposit is required and they ask for a donation to Lions Charities on return of the wheelchair.
British Red Cross
Medical Equipment Service, Red Cross House, Lighterage House, Newham, Truro, TR1 2XR.
Open Monday - Friday 1000 - 1600hrs, for the short term loan of wheelchairs, commodes, mobility items, bathing aids and more. Telephone +44(0)1872 267953 or 0845 3315000.
Fowey Doctors Surgery (Fowey River Practice) - Telephone +44(0)1726 829272(dial this number out of hours for emergency doctor care out of hours).
Fowey Hospital (Minor Injury Unit) - Telephone +44(0)1726 832241.
Penrice Hospital (Minor Injury 24hr) - Telephone +44(0)1726 291199.
Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro - Telephone +44(0)1872 250000.
Boots Pharmacy Fore street Fowey - Telephone +44(0)1726 833332.