Having had a relaxing night’s sleep at Tregolls Farm, in our cosy cottages or bed and breakfast, it’s time to head out for another day’s walking in the beautiful Cornish countryside. You will be treated by a tree covered bridge walk over a babbling brook as you start Day Two. Tempting, though it is to stay and enjoy the moment, it’s time to head off!
Our visitors encountered many friendly locals on their walk – not of the humankind, but a menagerie of cheeky goats (we always love goats at Tregolls!!), ponies and pooches all made them very welcome!
This leg offers a bit of hospitality along the way, at the village of Lanivet on the outskirts of Bodmin. Take a moment to notice the unusual pub sign with a panda and bamboo – not exactly a typical Cornish pub sign! This is a nod to the Bamboo plantation that used to be a feature of the village, supplying fresh bamboo for the pandas living in London Zoo. Lanivet was also visited by Thomas Hardy, along with countless fellow walkers, who mark the half-way point of the Saint’s Way with a little refreshment!
It’s a steep walk out of Lanivet where you will come to a decision point – take the Western or Eastern path. Our visitors deciding upon the Eastern, taking them over the moor, and via the River Fowey and Golant. The Western route takes you via the stunning wooded valley of Luxulyan and along the coastal path. A good place to stay at the end of Day 2 would be Bokiddick Farm B&B. If you’re taking the Eastern route, however, you can also keep going for a little while longer…
Around the base of the wild and wonderful Helman Tor and then down through country lanes to The Crown Pub in the pretty village of Lanlivery or detour to Lostwithiel, a little further down the hill, but a little off the Saints’ Way, where restaurants are plentiful. If you've done a bit of forward planning you may have left your car there, or a taxi back to Tregolls may be required for a well earned rest...just one day to go!
Saints' Way - DAY ONE