A short route around Golitha Falls is an area of ancient woodland that sits alongside the river Fowey as it cascades its way through a steep valley gorge.
Distance: 1 km.
Terrain: Moderate and generallly suitable for someone of poor fitness, all off-road.
Time: Approximately 30 minutes.
Start: The walk starts from the car park next to Falls (Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (OSGR) SX 228 689).
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: Possibly for some, please see the section on 'Terrain' above. You may also wish to look at the route description below to help you make a more informed decision and assessment of your own.
Ordnance Survey Map No/s (1:25,000): OS Explorer 109.
Facilities and parking
Nearest Town: Liskeard.
Parking: Car park next to Falls (OSGR SX 228 689).
Refreshments: None on route.
Toilets: There are no public toilets near Golitha Falls.
Detailed description of the route
Start from the car park where there is plenty of parking as well as a good surface, cross over the road and into the woods. There is a slight incline to get into the woods and the surface is unsealed and can be muddy in places. There are also some areas of loose gravel which could cause the front wheels of a manual chair to snag. The Falls are managed by Natural England and there is an information board as you enter. There are also information boards dotted about down the river describing the various wildlife you may see such as kingfisher and otter.
There is a clearly defined path, however there may be some muddy sections in wet weather. Follow the path to the bridge, from here you can go to either the right or left. Please note the bridge is quite narrow and 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 but still mainly level with a few slight inclines and declines. 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 park.
Please note that if you have access needs you will not actually be able to view the Falls.
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