South Cornwall

Four miles southeast of Lostwithiel is another quaint and ancient village, Lerryn, which sits on the banks of the picturesque creek with which it shares its name. Lovely woodland trails wind along the banks of the river through the oak woodland of Ethy Park, and to the 14th-century riverside church of St Winnow, about 1.5 miles west.

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1. Porfell Wildlife Park

2.65 MILES

A lively animal park a couple of miles outside Looe, with wild denizens including macaws, parakeets, owls, lemurs, meerkats and zebras, as well as a…

2. St Fimbarrus Church

3.43 MILES

In the heart of town is the 15th-century St Fimbarrus Church, which marks the southern end of the Saints' Way, a 26-mile waymarked walking trail running…

3. Restormel Castle

3.54 MILES

High on a hilltop above Lostwithiel, 9 miles from St Austell on the A390, the ruined castle of Restormel was built by Edward the Black Prince (the first…

4. Lantic Bay

3.88 MILES

The twin beaches of Great and Little Lantic sit side by side on the coastline between Polruan and Looe. They're remote, but worth the effort to reach,…

6. Readymoney Cove

3.95 MILES

From the town centre, the Esplanade leads down to this little cove and the remains of the small Tudor fort of St Catherine's Castle.

7. Lansallos

3.98 MILES

There are several little-known beaches strung along the coastline between Polruan and Looe, but they can be tricky to find without a decent map. Lansallos…

8. Polkerris Beach

4.25 MILES

A couple of miles west of Fowey, this is the area's largest and busiest beach. Sailing lessons, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding are all available.