This walk takes you across Cornwall from Padstow in the north to Fowey on the south coast. It follows the probable route of early Christian travellers making their way from Ireland to the Continent.
The route begins by the delightful Padstow Harbour and heads south through Little Petherick, St Breck Downs and Lanivet before joining the Fowey River near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch that leads to Fowey. This final section passes the noteworthy Sawmills Studios, a recording studio used most notably by musicians such as The Stone Roses (Fools Gold) and The Verve (A Storm in Heaven), Muse, Oasis (Definitely Maybe), Catatonia, Ride, Swans and Supergrass. The main building is a 17th-century water mill and the site has a documented history stretching back to the 11th century. See the Fowey to Golant Walk for more details.
Saints Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Saints Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Saints Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Saints Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Padstow you could head to the tea rooms at the delightful Prideaux Place. Situated in what was once the Old Schoolroom, the tearoom is supplemented in the summer months by the addition of a marquee on the Terrace overlooking the Deer Park. It's a lovely setting to enjoy light lunches, cakes, coffee, tea, ice creams and the internationally renowned Cornish Cream Tea. You can find the house at a postcode of PL28 8RP for your sat navs.
There's also the excellent Rick Stein cafe where you can pick up delicous fish and chips. You can find it near Padstow harbour and river on Middle Street at postcode PL28 8AP.
In Lanlivery near Lostwithiel the splendid Crown Inn in is well worth some investigation. The inn is notable as one of the oldest in Cornwall, dating all the way back to the 12th century. It was later extended to house the stonemasons who built the charming local church of St Brevita. The pub is full of character with low beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, thick stone walls and a glass covered well in porch. Outside there's a particularly delightful garden area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find them just over a mile west of the town at a postcode of PL30 5BT for your sat navs. Near the pub you could also take a slight detour from the route to visit Restormel Castle. The English Heritage run castle is now a photogenic ruin set in beautiful Cornish countryside next to the River Fowey. It was built in the 13th century and used as a retreat for its medieval owners and was twice visited by Edward, the Black Prince. It's another interesting historical site near to the route and you can find it just north of Lostwithiel at a postcode of PL22 0EE.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Padstow you can pick up the popular Camel Trail and follow it along the Camel Estuary towards Wadebridge. In the town you could also catch the ferry over the river to Rock and try the Rock to Polzeath Walk.
The route passes close to the popular Luxulyan Valley, a designated World Heritage Site. The valley is one of the highlights of the area with nice trails along the River Par, a series of historical industrial remains and the impressive Treffry Viaduct to see. It's located just to the south east of Luxulyan village which is on the route.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.