The Saint’s Way

12434516_10208655493730648_1454326376_nThe Saint’s Way is a 27 mile route from Padstow to Fowey that probably follows the path of early Christian pilgrims travelling from Ireland to Brittany. The route starts at St Petroc’s church, Padstow and finishes at St Finn Barr’s church in Fowey.

The route is well marked with Celtic markers and follows a variety of terrains as it 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.  It is believed that the Way would have been navigable via the River Camel and River Fowey for the majority of the journey. The two rivers have sources near each other on Bodmin Moor.

A passport is available to purchase for those walking the trail to have stamped along the way. We have a stamp at St Petroc’s church by the visitors book for you to record the start (or end) of your journey.

A guide has been produced to help those wishing to travel the route. These are available from Padstow Tourist Information Centre.

The Saint’s Way is now part of the Cornish Celtic Way.