Last updated: 22/08/2012
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A short walk around Golitha Falls which is an ancient area of
woodlands that sit alongside the river Fowey as it cascades its way
through a steep valley gorge.
See below for detailed route description.
Terrain: Moderate. Suitable for someone of poor
fitness. All off road.
Time: Approximately ½ hour.
Start: Car park next to Falls. (Grid Ref:
Nearest Town: Liskeard
Parking: Car park next to Falls (Grid Ref:
Refreshments: None on route
Toilets: Public toilets in the car park at the
start of the route. There are not separate disabled ones
however, they only have a very shallow step up to them and once
inside there is plenty of room to manoeuvre a wheelchair,
although not inside the cubicles.
Stiles/steps/gates: There are some steps at the
end of the route but we would recommend that you retrace your steps
to avoid them.
Wheelchair friendly?: Yes.
Ordnance Survey Map No/s (1:25,000): OS
Detailed Route Description
Start your walk from the car park. There is plenty of parking as
well as a good surface. Cross over the road into the woods
(photo 1). There is a slight incline to
get into the woods. The surface is unsealed and can be muddy in
places. There are some areas of loose gravel which could cause the
small front wheels of a manual chair to snag. The Falls are managed
by English Nature and there is an information board as you enter
(photo 2). There are also information
boards dotted about down the river describing the various wildlife
you may see such as Kingfishers and otters.
There is a clearly defined path, however there may be some muddy
sections in wet weather (photo 3). Follow the path to the bridge –
from here you can go to either the right or the left. Please note
that a large electric chair would probably only just fit onto the
bridge. The path to the left becomes narrow and less defined and is
not recommended as part of this route. However it is possible to go
along for a short way, if you have assistance with you, to
negotiate the tree roots and a little brook. If you head to the
right, the path is less defined (photo 4) but still mainly level with a
few slight inclines and declines (photo 5). This route takes you back to
the road opposite the car park – unfortunately there are some steps
at the end and you would not be able to get a wheelchair down them,
so you will need to retrace your steps to get back to the car
Please note that those with access needs will not
actually be able to see the Falls.