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The Saints Way

Age group: 6+

Location: MID Cornwall

 

Contact: Fowey to Padstow

TEL: 0300 1234202  

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The Saints' Way Trail crosses mid-Cornwall from Padstow to Fowey covering approximately 30 miles / 48 Km.

 

The trail follows a wonderfully varied course through valleys, woodlands, pastures, moors and villages and the visitor can expect to see some of the most varied and beautiful scenery in the county, inhabited by countless species of flora and fauna.  The surrounding countryside is dotted with rolling pastures of ancient farmland, heritage and pre-historic remains, ancient bridges, old tracks, quaint churches and pretty riverside villages.

 

The route only came to light in 1984 when a few local ramblers investigating public paths in the area found a series of forgotten granite stiles.

 

It begins in Padstow at the delightful harbour. The path follows the Camel Trail for a while before heading up onto St Breock Downs, look out for the 16 foot tall prehistoric standing stone my birds! 

 

From here the trail heads south to Withiel, a parish with links to a 4th century Irish saint whose name, Urel. It's derived from a word meaning 'a place of trees' although there are only a few trees that remain there today.

 

 

Note: A Cornwall Council Ranger is responsible for the day to day management of the Saints Way and can be contacted via the Environment Service on 0300 1234 202 or envmanagement@cornwall.gov.uk