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The Saints' Way

Any temporary closures in place on the Saints' Way can be found on the Temporary Closures of Public Rights of Way page.

The Saint's Way Trail follows a wonderfully varied course through valleys, woodlands, pastures, moors and villages and you can expect to see some of the most varied and beautiful scenery in the county, inhabited by countless species of flora and fauna.  The surrounding countryside is dotted with rolling pastures of ancient farmland, pre-historic remains, ancient bridges, old tracks, quaint churches and pretty riverside villages. 

The Saints'  Way Trail crosses mid-Cornwall from coast to coast covering approximately 30 miles / 48 Km from the harbour town of Padstow in the north to the southern port of Fowey.

The route starts at the harbour in Padstow and heads south through Little Petherick, St Breock Downs and Lanivet. The trail then joins the Fowey River near Lostwithiel where you can walk along the river before reaching Fowey. 

If you don't feel like walking the full length of the trail there is a shorter alternative route which passes through the Tywardreath site of a medieval monastic settlement.  This route is approximately 11 miles long.

This user-friendly guide is designed to enhance your enjoyment of the Saints’ Way experience! The A5 size folder contains a pack of thirteen full colour, laminated cards, illustrated throughout with photographs of the main points of interest...

Eight route cards show a map section of the journey with useful practical information along with historical anecdotes. Four special feature cards are full of fascinating facts about pilgrimages, wildlife, man-made features and the churches that you will encounter along the way. There is also a card on the Wildlife Trust's Wilderness Trail across the Helman Tor Nature Reserves, a short detour off the Saints' Way.

The Saints' Way Guide may be purchased from selected Tourist Information Centres and other local outlets or direct from the publisher Pelican Studio price £5.49  (+ postage and packaging).