From the castle to the nursery: the Restormel Woodland Walk

Take a stroll through the past and the present and make the connection between Restormel Castle and the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.

An important message for those walkers coming via Restormel woodland: the river footbridge by the manor house is being repaired from Mon 9th Jan and so will be closed to walkers. The work should be completed in 10 weeks, so around mid-March. The woodland walk is still open but access is from Cott Road rather than Restormel. There’s car parking on the left –hand side of the road, about 100 metres before our main entrance, if you are driving up from Lostwithiel. Our welcome for walkers and their dogs will remain as warm as always!

Restormel Castle is in many ways the birthplace of the Duchy of Cornwall. The first Duke of Cornwall, the Black Prince, owned the castle located in the heart of the Duchy. The nursery sits across from the castle on the opposite side of the Fowey Valley and it is now linked by a public access footpath. The trail leads from the castle to the entrance of the nursery, so you can enjoy a walk through one of Cornwall's most beautiful valleys, a visit to a glorious medieval castle as well as fine food, beautiful plants and some top retail therapy. At a comfortable amble the walk should take about 35 minutes. The trail crosses the River Fowey and up the other side of the valley through Duchy woodland and forest. For more information about the castle and the walk, take a look at page ten in our gazette Houmout or visit the English Heritage website here