Fowey is nestled on the steep tree covered hillside overlooking the River Fowey, opposite the old fishing harbor of Polruan. It has a long maritime history including being the base for 14th century raids on France and Spain. Henry VIII built St. Catherine’s Castle in the south of town to protect again reprisal raids. The tourist office is home to the Daphne du Maurier Literary Center, which is devoted to the author of Rebecca, Frenchman’s Creek, as well as the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds. Each May, Fowey hosts the Daphe du Maurier Literary Festival in her honor. Fowey is situated at the southern end of the Saints’ Way, a 26 mile trail running to Padstow on the north coast. Ferries cross the river to Bodinnick. A passenger ferry shuttles over the estuary to the village of Polruan, which provides a good starting point for some excellent walks along the coast.