Exploring the Cornish countryside is sure to be a great way to experience all that this amazing county has to offer. By taking the historic Saints’ Way Trail, you’ll not only able to see some beautiful landmarks, but also have the chance to spend time in pretty rural towns and villages.
Covering 30 miles and cutting a diagonal south-westerly route across the region, the ancient pathway dates back to the Bronze Age – when it was used by pilgrims and traders – and walking along it on your Cornwall holiday will allow you to quite literally follow in the footsteps of history!
The track can be comfortably completed over the space of a couple of days and is gentle enough for people of all levels of fitness to walk along without too much trouble.
Your journey will start in Padstow – a town situated on Cornwall’s north coastline – and here you can spend some time exploring the harbour and stocking up on any last-minute provisions you will need for your walk. Book holiday cottages in Padstow and you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep before waking up the next day to kick-off your hike along the trail.
Initially, you’ll head inland – following the path of the Camel Estuary – before going up into the hills of central Cornwall.
Here, you will see some of the most varied scenery in the entire country, with everything from moorland and valleys to forests and rivers to be spotted. However, it may be the array of historic Neolithic sites you pass that will really capture your interest. Either way, there’s so much to see that you should definitely remember to bring your digital camera!
Eventually, your steady ascent upwards will see you arrive at St Breock Down. Some 700 ft above sea level, this is the trail’s highest point, so make sure you spend a few minutes soaking up the amazing views.
However, don’t stay admiring the scenery for too long as there’s plenty of distance for you to cover. Dropping down into the valley of Tregustick, the next landmark you’ll come across will be the Ruthern River. The waterway is also known as the Red River due to its unnatural colour which was caused by the tin mining activity that took place in the region many years ago.
Passing through several picturesque villages – such as Tywardreath and Luxulyan – and past Celtic relics, the path comes to an end at Fowey.
This harbour town is located on Cornwall’s southern shore and you are bound to feel a sense of achievement upon having walked coast-to-coast. By this point you’ll probably be looking forward to relaxing in a comfortable bed, and by booking holiday cottages in Fowey, you’ll certainly be able to take things easy and rest your feet.
While you’re here, make sure that you check out the wide range of activities and attractions. Fowey is a great place to try your hand at sports such as yachting and fishing, while a trip to St Catherine’s Castle – a coastal fort that was commissioned by Henry VIII to protect the harbour from invaders – is bound to be fascinating.
With so many things to see and do at both the starting and finishing point of the Saints’ Way Trail – not to mention the amazing sights along the way – walking the route is sure to make for a fantastic Cornish holiday cottage break.