Winter walks and the nursery

The charm of the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery is not just about what it is but where it is...the beautiful Fowey Valley. The landscape is a delight whatever the season.

The winter may not be everyone's favourite time to be out and about but for many there's nothing quite like blowing the cobwebs away with a stroll in the handsome Cornish countryside. At the nursery, we are blessed with a public footpath that leads directly to or even from our front gate. The walk is signposted and runs between the nursery and Restormel. Though the castle itself is closed at this time of year, the footpath still makes for a delightful stroll through managed forest and woodland, across tthe River Fowey to the elegant Restormel Manor and beyond. Public footpaths lead up past the castle and the magnificent Restormel Oak (an acorn in the 16th century) or down the valley to Lostwithiel or up the valley to Lanhydrock.

Visiting by car, you can park your car with us or make use of the public car park in Lostwithiel (it's free!) and walk up to us via Restormel, which would take about an hour at a gentle pace.

The most important thing is to make sure that you work up a righteous appetite for a hearty lunch, a cream tea or even just coffee and cake. If you are walking the dog , we have cafe tables in our rather lovely glasshouse where dogs and owners are welcome. Of course if the weather is mild there are outdoor tables with splendid views across the valley.

If you've never had the chance to enjoy a walk around Restormel or you'd like to find out more about this historic location and the fascinating town of Lostwithiel then you might be interested in the articles below. We've included our cafe menu too for some extra-temptation! Restormel Castle opens again on 29th March 2018.