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Fowey: The heart of Du Maurier country

Follow in Daphne du Maurier's literary footsteps around Fowey, taking in landmarks which inspired settings in the novels.

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Jamaica Inn was immortalised by du Maurier in her novel of the same name written in 1936. This legendary Inn is just a forty minute car ride away from us, and well worth a visit if you’re looking to follow in the authors’ literary footsteps.

Written in 1931, The Loving Spirit was Daphne du Maurier’s first published novel. It was penned at her family home of Ferryside here in Boddinick, Fowey.

Written in 1941, Frenchman’s Creek will draw you away from Fowey to Helford Passage in Mawnan Smith. This is approximately one hour away from us by car, but certainly warrants an expedition. A pitstop at the Ferryboat Inn will fuel you for an excursion up Helford River to Frenchman’s Creek. Make a note of tide times, as the creek can be inaccessible during low tides.

Tywardreath, translated from Cornish as The House on the Strand, is a village just three miles from us and inspired Daphne du Maurier’s penultimate novel of the same title written in 1969. You can follow protagonist Dick as he time travels through time to fourteenth century Tywardreath and Kilmarth House. Today, the village boasts diverse landscapes of farmland, woodland, valley and coastline, bringing into view Par Sands beach.

Castle Dore, which inspired du Maurier’s novel of the same, is a medieval circular hill fort on the outskirts of Fowey, set amongst ancient earthworks. We recommend parking in the nearby lay-by and walking back towards the entrance to breath in panoramic views of Cornwall’s evocative landscapes.

A south west coast path from Fowey to Gribbin Head, following a wild footpath down to Polkerris beach, passes points of interest from Rebecca including Menabilly, the remains of 16th century St Catherine's Castle (free to enter), and the arcadian Readymoney Cove where du Maurier once lived, a prominent setting in Frenchman’s Creek.

67 Not Out: Magical Walk With Daphne Du Maurier To The Gribbin

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Polruan sits at the mouth of the river Fowey, and is just a fifteen minute boat ride away from us, the fastest route to the village. It inspired The Loving Spirit, which was renamed as the fictitious Plyn.