The Saints' Way from Padstow to Fowey -
Walk across Cornwall, coast to coast in the footsteps of the Celtic saints
The Saints' Way Trail is a 10 second walk from Saints' Way Cottage
This 28 mile route is well signed with Celtic cross markers and takes you across Cornwall from Padstow in the North to Fowey on the South coast.
Saints' Way Cottage is located in Tywardreath, near Fowey and the Eden Project on the south part of the trail. (see Star on map). Saints' Way Cottage is only 10 metres from The Saints' Way.
To understand the Saints' Way, consider the flag of Cornwall (or Kernow, as it is known in the Cornish language): a white cross on a black background. If the long horizontal stripe represents the spine of Britain's south-westernmost county, the short vertical line in the middle signifies an ancient holy pathway between the north coast and south. It begins in Padstow, an implausibly pretty fishing port where shoals of tourists swish through the streets.
It follows the route of early Christian travellers making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany and the European mainland. The route starts at the picturesque harbour in Padstow and heads south through Little Petherick, St Breock Downs and Lanivet before joining the Fowey River near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch that leads to Fowey.
An alternative route (covering the last 11 miles) passes through the Tywardreath site of a medieval monastic settlement. The New Inn country pub is a 1 minute walk from Saints' Way Cottage and won CAMRA rural pub of the year. The Strand Bistro restaurant serves delicious meals (sea food is amazing and rated excellent on Trip Advisor).