It’s thought that Kenneth Grahame got the inspiration for The Wind in the Willows while wandering around Fowey’s quiet creeks, so messing about on the river is a must. It’s ideal for exploring by kayak, with lots of quiet inlets and plentiful birdlife. One of the loveliest sections is the area around Pont Pill Creek, where old oaks dangle their branches into the water, and if you’re lucky you might spy herons, cormorants and the odd kingfisher.

Several operators run expeditions.