SADLY FOWEY TOWN TOUR IS NO MORE
THE RIG HAS BEEN SOLD AND HAS BEEN REBRANDED FOR OPERATION IN LOOE AS “LOOE LAND TRAIN AND HERITAGE TOUR”
THE REASON IS EXPLAINED IN THE FOLLOWING POSTS
For the first time in 16 years (excl pandemic) Fowey Town Tour (FTT) is not operating.
For health and age reasons FTT was for sale and we have (had) a buyer for the business but Fowey Town Council (FTC) will not grant a new Town Quay permit for a long enough period to make his investment worth his while
Without knowledge or experience of operating a land train and without any research Councillors suggested that FTT could operate from either Caffa Mill or Main Car Park. Both suggestions are obviously unworkable and unviable and if there was a change of site then it would become a new venture instead of an established business with a proven track record
This makes FTT currently unsaleable as a going concern
The reason given by FTC is the Town Centre Masterplan. FTC submitted an outline proposal to the Consultant to look into, among other things, restrictions of traffic but they requested any traffic restrictions should make specific allowance for Emergency, Waste vehicles and Town Bus etc. FTT was not included in that list
There is a serious discussion that Town Quay be pedestrianised and FTC have not provided any hint or reassurance that they would like to see FTT continuing whether or not traffic restrictions were imposed. In fact quite the reverse as Councillors voted for the ludicrous suggestion of operating from Caffa Mill or Main Car Park. It all depends on the outcome of the Consultation but without the support of Councillors FTT could be forced to close permanently
There is someone who may buy the equipment as there is another Cornish town whose town council will welcome a Land Train with open arms and this, reluctantly, may be something we will have to consider
For years we have felt we have provided a service to Fowey as we recognised that so many visitors, particularly less abled, don’t ‘see’ Fowey. By doing the tour they get a greater insight and flavour of the Town and enjoy their visit far more. Many return and do the tour again and a great number recommend Fowey to their friends as a result. We know this as many passengers tell us so
It would therefore be great shame if Fowey were to lose such an amenity especially as any ‘regeneration’ would benefit from its existence
Relax while we take you around a sightseeing tour of Fowey. We will show you the fabulous views many visitors miss and take you places you will want to explore further.
We will tell you a little of Fowey’s rich and varied history -from Celtic and Medieval times to recent with stories of smuggling, battles and giant pandas!!
We will also tell you a little of what goes on today.
As an outdoor activity it is one of the best things to do in Fowey
The Tour takes approximately 25 minutes and operates most days throughout the summer. We start and finish on Town Quay and if you see us there just hop aboard. No booking necessary.
We have storage for buggies and wheelchairs if needed.
2022 temporarily not operating
Approx 25 minutes depending on traffic.