Lostwithiel may not be as well known as some other Cornish villages and towns on the tourist trail, but it ought to be.
This gorgeous medieval town, full of history, character, and life, has buildings dating back a thousand years, a riverside walk with a 13th century bridge, interesting individual shops, an award winning produce market, and charming pubs and cafes.
If you follow the current trend for all things vintage, there are several places stocked with curios and memorabilia that will have you reaching for your wallet. The town’s reputation for fine antiques, with regular fairs held, has led to Lostwithiel being dubbed the ‘antiques capital of Cornwall’.
With free parking, a walk along its pretty lanes is a lovely way to get acquainted and to admire the houses and 13th century St Bartholomew’s church – the 14th century font was reputedly used by Parliamentarians during the English Civil War to christen a horse!
Also of historical note, the Duchy Palace (c1280) is the place from which the Stannary Parliament regulated the coinage and sale of tin in the county. It has also been used for elections and as a debtors’ prison.
Take a picnic with you and enjoy a walk along the river to Coulson Park nature reserve, which lies close to The Saints Way as used by ancient travellers going from Padstow to Fowey. Alternatively, picnickers are welcome at the remarkable circular shell-keep of Restormel Castle, overlooking the town from a hilltop position a mile away with stunning panoramic views.
Restormel was built originally in 1100 and rebuilt by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, in the late 13th century as a luxury home. Edward, the Black Prince visited twice. Today it is administered by English Heritage. If you do take a picnic, they say to watch out for ‘the Black Pheasant’ that prowls the castle grounds!
CLC Trenython Manor hotel & spa resort is just a few minutes drive, a little over four miles distance, making visits to Lostwithiel and other unique local sights such as The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan easily manageable during a short break or holiday.
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