With several walks available, from walks along cliff-top paths, and woodland walks by the river, we feel our Fowey accommodation is perfectly placed for keen walkers to head out and experience the delightful Cornish countryside before returning to the hotel and one of the best restaurants in Fowey, Cornwall to enjoy a delicious meal.
May is also National Walking Month, which promotes the benefits of walking and encourages everyone - no matter your fitness levels to get out, stretch your legs and enjoy the great British countryside.
So, without further ado, here are our top four local walks:
The towns surrounding Golant make for interesting places for an afternoon stroll. The town centres of Fowey, Lostwithiel and Polruan offer plenty of opportunities to walkers looking to explore. Each of the towns also have guides who offer guided walks between Easter and September, so you can enjoy a guided walk around several of the towns, or just choose the one. On these walks, discover the history of the towns, from the fishing history to any smuggling secrets the towns may hold.
The Hall Walk is one of the most popular in the area, and also covers more distance. The circular walk follows the banks of the River Fowey and affords stunning views of the estuary and further out to sea. To complete the walk, you will need to board both Fowey River ferries, which can be found at Bodinnick and Polruan, but this also offers opportunities to change the walk slightly.
From Bodinnick, you can divert to St Wyllow Church before heading on to Pencarrow and the coast path for a longer walk to Polruan. However, this route can be a little steep at times, so be prepared.
The Coast Path
The South West Coast Path reaches it' way around the mouth of the Fowey River and is open to all walkers, and a stroll along the coastal path offers stunning views. Pick a stretch of the path which will be suitable for your fitness levels. Head towards Fowey from Golant and then let the coastal footpath take you west towards St Austell Bay passing Gribbin Head. Once you're headed away from Fowey, there are several paths which lead back to Fowey, on a circular route, so you are not retracing your steps. Alternatively, you can catch a bus back from Par or the place you end up stopping at.
Head east on the coastal footpath, and you'll find yourself headed to Polperro and Looe and eventually Plymouth - but you might not want to walk that far!
If you don't want to head to Fowey to start your walk, then the area immediately around Golant is a rich one for walkers. You can head away from the coast, and stroll the few miles of riverbank between Fowey, Lostwithiel and Lerryn. You might be surprised at some of the breath-taking views you can glimpse along the river's edge. In the lower reaches of the Estuary, the paths tend to run across the top of the hills and sometimes through woodland but further inland the path through Lerryn Wood runs close to the water's edge.