Encounter Walking


The Saints Way

Saints Way Day 2 - The Western route to Fowey via Luxulyan and Par

Easy to Moderate Grade Walking  13 miles - what this grade means

The Saints Way Walking Route below Luxulyan Cornwall UK

From Lanivet The Saints Way takes an easy start on back lanes and tracks linking yet more old Celtic crosses that accompany the route back into the wilds at Helmans Tor and Redmoor.  Just as the iconic summit of Helman's Tor starts to tower above you the route splits and you have a choice for the remainder of the journey to take the Western Leg via Luxulyan and the coast OR choose the stunning Fowey River valley on the Eastern Leg to Fowey.

Which route to take ? – both have their merits and are very different - if you want a taste of the sea take the Western option – for more peace and avoidance of the modern world the eastern leg down the Fowey estuary is the most remote. The clever solution is to take three days walking on the trail and walk both sections via Fowey to miss nothing - see the options section for how to build this into your Saints Way walk.

Saints Way Western Route to Fowey via Luxulyan and Par

Treffy Viaduct mid Cornwall UK passed on the Saints Way Footpath On the Western leg of the Saints Way your path continues through the almost mangrove swamp like nature reserves of Redmoor and Breeny Common on remote backlanes before heading into ancient sunken droves and greem lanes characterised by wonderful old granite block stiles alongside racing streams and marshes.

Luxulyan provides a brief respite from the remoteness, founded by a Celtic saint the cross in the churchyard is made of the same volcanic rock boulders that loom up to accompany you on this section of the walk. The village has a shop and a very pleasant pub (though for a drink you have to make a ¼ mile detour from the path). The Holy Well of St Cyor is passed as you leave the village.

Saints Way Footpath back lanes in mid Cornwall on this UK trekking routeBeyond Luxulyan you pass through more ancient woodland on trails passing the impressive Treffry Viaduct with its remains of an aqueduct before rising once more to Prideaux and an Iron Age hill fort.

Finally the sea is in sight and you drop down to the marshes of Par, in medieval times this was part of the sea and the setting for Daphne du Maurier's surreal House on the Strand novel.

You pass through the beautiful and unspoilt village of Tywardreath with St Andrews Church former site of the Benedictine Monastery that so fascinated Du Maurier before final sections of coastal pasture bring you down to the golden tracks of Par Sands and the sea.

Bluebells and wild flowers on The Saints Way Hiking Route CornwallThe Saints Way route now heads inland passing more Celtic relics and crossing the old carriage drive of Menabilly (Du Maurier’s Mandalay) with easy walking across the pasturlands of the peninsular to Fowey. However many of our walkers opt to finish the trail from Par by leaving the Saints Way here and using the South West Coast Path for the final section instead.

The four miles from here to Fowey are superb and a really fitting end to the walk. Passing through Polkerris with its perfect golden horseshoe beach, the Rashleigh Inn makes a great afternoon stop before you climb the cliff tops to round dramatic Gribbin Head with its huge red and white Daymark Tower.

Pridmouth near Fowey option on The Saints Way Walk Day 2 CornwallBeyond this as you head into towards Fowey you will pass Pridmouth Bay and one of Cornwall’s finest hidden beaches – the setting for Rebecca and the boat house is right beside the path which climbs and falls along former smuggling coves on its last mile into Fowey.

Whichever route you take you will end up at Readymoney Beach below Henry the Eighths St Catherine’s Castle and your pilgrimage ends as you follow the Fowey River away from the rocky sea inland to the centre of town and the Church of St Finn Barr.

Overnight stops in Fowey at the end of the Saints Way Route

 

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