A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA11
Take the National Express Bus no.500 from St Austell Station to Lostwithiel. Alternatively there is also a train service. For details contact Traveline 0871 200 22 33.
Lostwithiel lies at tidal reach of the River Fowey and a travel writer once described his approach by boat as’the loveliest inland scenery in Cornwall’. The town lies in a beautiful wooded valley; a haven of peace and tranquility.
The town was founded by the Normans for the export of tin; the river then being navigable for sea going ships. Restormel Castle; the home of the Norman lords who built the town, lies 1 mile upriver from Lostwithiel and is one of the oldest and best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in Cornwall. It is a lovely place to visit with splendid views across the countryside.
For more details about Restormel Castle click here [http://www.english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk] or telephone 01208 872687
Lostwithiel is an ideal place to stroll around with its antique shops, fairs, restaurants and cafes.
Lostwithiel walk including Restormel Castle
This walk covers 2.5 miles and includes Restormel Castle and wonderful views across the valley.
After reaching Lostwithiel – from the main A390 road, take the road named Duke Street which leads up the hill. Turn right at a T Junction leading you past a school and road on your left. Turn left onto a footpath opposite Knight’s Cul-de-sac.The path takes you on a wide track between hedges over a couple of stiles and descends to a tarmac road. Turn right and walk uphill and take the
road signposted to Lostwithiel on your right, after a few yards turn left onto a footpath. This footpath leads you towards Restormel Castle,a lovely place to explore.
Walk through the car park and follow the lane down towards Restormel Farm and back towards Lostwithiel.
Lostwithiel walk including the Fowey River
The second walk takes you along the beautiful valley of the Fowey River before returning to Lostwithiel on a quiet country lane. Approximately 2.5 miles.
Head off in the opposite direction downhill from the A390 towards Quay Street. Turn right onto this road until you head under a railway bridge. A footpath follows the railway line past some cottages and eventually onto the wide valley comprising of broadleaf woods and fields. At the end of two large fields the path turns right taking you over a stile through a wood,following a small tributary of the Fowey River under a beautiful viaduct to reach a tarmaced road. Turn right here and follow the quiet (but hilly!) road back towards Lostwithiel. If you wish, as you walk along the road you can take a diversion by turning left onto the Saints Way, a trail that crosses the county from Padstow to Fowey. This trail takes a similar route to the road following an old track up the steep hill. At the top of the hill the track passes a small dairy farm – wellington boots are therefore recommended! After passing the farm the track leads back onto a road; turn right and then left near a Cemetery to return to Lostwithiel.