South Coast - Eastern AONB section
It is unusual in that it takes in both the town of Fowey to the west and the village of Polperro in the east.
The coast path from Par Sands runs round Gribbin Head with its distinctive 80 foot high ships’ day-mark, past St Catherine's Castle and Readymoney Cove to the port of Fowey. Here the town clings to the steep valley sides (as does the village of Polruan opposite). It was home to Daphne du Maurier and is the scene for a spectacular regatta every summer.
The Fowey River and its creeks run inland past Bodinnick Ferry through dense (for Cornwall) woodland, mostly of ancient oaks. These woods hide the legends of Tristram and Isolde and the Tristan Stone and Iron Age Castle Dore lie nearby.
On higher land between the creeks, the landscape is exposed with limited tree cover. The field pattern is of medieval enclosures, although the convex slopes make the fields appear larger. Land use is arable and pasture, with, somewhat surprisingly, areas of vineyards.
Back on the coast at Polruan with its ruined 8th century church, the coastal strip of the AONB runs an unspoilt seven miles to Polperro. This 13th century smuggling and fishing village, with its steep narrow streets and slate cottages, then gives way to coast and country before the AONB section ends at the edge of Looe.