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Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

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Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

After some advice from Annabelle : ) I abandoned the half formed plan for Crackington Haven and now think we would be better suited to spend a week in Fowey, Mevagissey or Looe. We are looking at late May, with our 18 month old toddler in tow. (Daymer Bay also looked lovely, but seemed more difficult/expensive accommondation)

It seems that there is a range of self catering accommodation available in Fowey, Mevagissey & Looe. And I think the harbour setting will work well with a nosey toddler, lots of things to see! And lots of lovely beaches near each.

Ideally we would like to be able to abandon the car as much as possible for the week, or to take short trips (and perhaps a drive over to Tintagel one day).

Do you have any suggestions for areas to stay where we could walk to a nice beach? Or alternatively short drives to nice ones?

If you had a choice of the 3 places (and this is likely to be our only trip to Cornwall), which would be your choice?

Is Polruan a good alternative to Fowey itself?

And is the ferry between Mevagissey and Fowey a good day trip?

We are wanting a relatively quiet holiday, but with a small energetic boy need to be able to take him out for walks, eg coffee or lunch out, and would love to spend some time on a sandy beach if the weather is nice.

Thanks for the help so far x

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1. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

Hi there

Looe has a huge, sandy beach so that would be my choice with an 18-month old in tow. Both Mevagissey and Fowey are lovely in their own right but Fowey has some very steep ( and stepped) streets and alleyways and as far as I know, other than the tiny strip of sand along the western quayside, there is no beach at Mevagisssey. Looe is essentially flat unless you want to climb up the hills that border either side of the town and has a huge range of pubs, restaurants and shops.

Plenty of walks in the area, particularly in West Looe where you and your lad can walk around to Hannafore and see Looe Island just across the water.

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2. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

I'm being a bit contrary I know but I would still favour the Daymer Bay area for what you seem to be after. If you don't mind staying a caravan have a look at this site parkdeanholidays.co.uk/book-your-holiday/sea… No more than 5 minutes drive from either of Rock, Polzeath, Daymer Bay and very handy for places like Tintagel. The foot ferry from Rock to Padstow then crabbing from the quay is a delight for small children. But I'm very biased as you can probably tell!

Looe has a good sandy beach but, unless you are very lucky with the location of the accommodation you choose, access is through the quite commercialised town where parking can be difficult. I like Looe for a day trip but wouldn't want to base myself there with small children. Tintagel would be about 1.5 hrs drive each way.

Fowey is lovely but more of an adult resort I feel. Car parking can be a problem again with a choice of either car parking at the top of the town up/down very steep hills or at the far side of the Bodinnic ferry with a walk into town along very narrow streets. Neither option is pushchair friendly. The beach at Ready Money cove on the outskirts of the town is sandy however and there is car parking about 5 mins walk away.

I wouldn't say that Polruan is a good alternative.

Mevagissey does not have good sandy beaches as GB says and personally I wouldn't choose this as a base. The Fowey to Mevagissey ferry is certainly a good day out but is sometimes unable to operate if sea conditions are too rough.

Have you considered Pentewan sands caravan park near to Mevagissey? http://www.pentewansands.com/

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3. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

Thanks again guys : )

Friends have actually suggested Charlestown as an alternative to Fowey/Looe/Meva, they stayed there last year instead of Fowey (first holiday with their daughter) and enjoyed it. Am having a quick look at options there.

Any views on Charlestown?

Sammysgranny I'll have a better look at Daymer Bay area. We would prefer not to caravan. Padstow & surrounds certainly a lovely area though.

So grateful for the advice - holidays are expensive, its such a long way for us to go (we live in Cambridgeshire), and I really want us all to have a nice time.

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4. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

We often go to Charlestown and sit on the quayside or cliff top with our sandwiches and like it a lot. However, the fairly small beach is very shingly/pebbly and perhaps not ideal for a toddler although I'm sure he'd like to see the tall ships which are normally in the harbour there. Porthpean beach is only 5 mins or so drive away,. You used to be able to walk along the cliff path from Charlestown to Porthpean but the last time we tried to do that found that the path was closed for safety reasons.

If you can give me some idea of your budget and dates (PM me if you prefer), I'll have a look round to see what I can find in the Daymer area if that would help.

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5. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

I really don't think Charlestown for a toddler. If they were older and liked jumping off the harbour wall then maybe, and not much of a beach as sammys granny has said. But it is a nice place, and maybe could go on your list of places to visit.

Out of the three places you mentioned, then I would say Looe for your requirements, you may have problems with parking, as you would in any resort, but you could overcome that by booking a place with its own parking space.

I know it's hard and you need to get the best out of your holiday, I feel so sad at times when I see holiday makers obviously having a miserable time because of weather or bad choices as I know they have probably been really looking forward to the break and have saved hard all year for it.

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6. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

Hi again

Do bear in mind that Looe has a huge carpark at the Mill Pool, just over the river bridge and up the hill, enough room for 100s of cars and it's only really in peak times that it gets full. West Looe is far less crowded and most of the accommodations on that side of the river have on site parking.

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7. Re: Toddler in tow - Fowey, Mevagissey, or Looe?

I hear what you say GB but West Looe does not have sandy beaches (apart from quite small areas exposed at low tide). Also agree with what you say about the huge car park but, in my opinion, it's rather a trek from there to the beach with a pushchair and beach stuff. Not exactly my idea of a fun thing to do!

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