The Saints Way

A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA10

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The Saints Way is a wonderfully varied trail that crosses Cornwall from Padstow on the north coast to Fowey on the South. It follows a route that may well have been taken by Christian pilgrims travelling from Ireland to the continent. This cross country route, that would have been navigable for the majority of the way by boat along the River Camel and River Fowey, was a safer option than taking boats across the treacherous seas around Lands End. The route links many of the holy places associated with Celtic saints from the 5th – 7th Century.

Granite stile on the Saints Way footpath
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Granite stile on the Saints Way footpath

If you start from Fowey, The Saints Way begins at Fowey Parish Church and there is a choice of two routes; turn right out of the Churchyard gate taking you along the northwesterly route towards Readymoney Cove and on towards Luxulyan and Helman Tor or turn left taking the Northeasterly route along Fore Street and on towards Golant following the Fowey River, Lanlivery and Helman Tor. The two routes merge at Helman Tor and then continue northwards over the granite backbone of the county towards the River Camel and on towards Padstow and the North coast. The route can be undertaken as an energetic 2 day or more leisurely 3/4 day hike.

The Saints way is waymarked with signposts showing the celtic cross. We recommend that you use the ”’Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 107”’ which clearly delineates The Saints Way route.

I would also recommend that you also use the Saints Way Guide published by North Cornwall District Council in 2006. A full colour, pocket-sized wallet containing 8 laminated route cards showing the section distance, approximate walking time, terrain, facilities and detailed directions, illustrated with colour photos. They also contain information on unique features, potted histories of villages, detours and mileage to other towns, viewpoints, local stories and fascinating facts.
There are also four additional feature cards on wildlife, churches, pilgrims and manmade features.
For a copy of the Saints’ Way Guide, please contact Boscastle Visitor Centre on 01840 250010. The guide costs £3.99 plus 70p postage.

If you would like to walk a circular trail that includes a short section of the Saints Way here are some suggestions:

Fowey to Golant

Take the bus No.25 from St Austell to Fowey. From Fowey Parish Church head left along Fore Street and using the Saints Way signs and the river as a guide follow the Fowey River to Golant. The walk is mainly wooded and high above the river you will come across Bodmin Pill from which Bodmin merchants exported goods to avoid harbour dues at Fowey. There is a good pub in Golant; The Fisherman’s Arms providing a promising seafood menu for hungry walkers! Return to Fowey using Bus No.524.

Par to Luxulyan

Take the bus 25 or train to Par. Walk the Saints Way from Par to Luxulyan and return through the beautiful Luxulyan Valley and Treffry Viaduct. We recommend that you use the following map as a guide for this walk – Ornance Survey Explorer Map 107. Return to St Austell from St Blazey using Bus No 524.

For more details of public transport services contact Traveline 0871 200 22 33.

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