The Fowey River

The River


For Golant the Fowey river historically provided the easiest route of access. There are records of trade going back to the Middle Ages when Lostwithiel, further upstream, was an important port. Golant and the nearby creeks provided quays to load iron, copper and tin ores as well as limestone and manure. There was fishing, both legal and otherwise, on the river with salmon, sea bass, mullet and flounder. Boatbuilding and repair became important and some of these skills in traditional boatbuilding still exist. Golant Heritage Goup had a major project on all aspects of the River’s relationship with the village in the autumn of 2018.