Tucked away in the Fowey valley, hidden by richly wooded hills, Lostwithiel lies between the busy A390 and the upper tidal reaches of the river.
Surrounded by 'the loveliest inland scenery in Cornwall' (Arthur Norway, 19th century travel writer) and having 'history in every stone' (John Betjeman), the town has a character all its own, proud of its heritage, independent, yet friendly and happy to share its many charms.
This small town is well known for its antiques shops, markets and auctions. Here one can browse at leisure for books, flowers, interesting fashion items, paintings, jewellery, local pottery and tasty organic luxuries.
There is a flourishing fortnightly Produce Market. Enjoy the excellent food in the hotels, inns, restaurants and cafes. Stroll through the riverside park and picnic by the water's edge. Observe the abundant bird life. Fish for salmon and trout or, lower downstream, sea bass and flounder. (Licences available at the Post Office).
There are delightful walks in the surrounding countryside. Restormel Castle, with its fascinating history and wonderful views, is only one mile to the north. For the more energetic there is a splendid golf club with a swimming pool, gym and tennis courts, while squash, badminton and dancing can be enjoyed at the Community Centre. Within a short distance are St Winnow, Lerryn and Golant, Lanhydrock House, Lanlivery, Helman Tor, Luxulyan, the Treffry Viaduct and the Eden Project.
There is accommodation to suit all tastes, comfortable hotels, excellent B&B. and superb self catering cottages. The staff at the TIC (in the Community Centre) will give you all the help and information you need.
Words by Barbara Fraser from the Heritage Trail brochure © Lostwithiel Forum. Pictures by Mat Connolley and Debbie Curtis.