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A Doggie Delight: Discover the enchanting Golitha Falls, the perfect spot for walkies in the great Cornish countryside

10 July 2018
For many, Cornwall is synonymous with the coast. And understandably so, blessed as it is with over 300 glorious miles of it. You’ll find every possible variation of coastal terrain, from golden sand in secluded coves, to rocky outcrops, pretty harbours, secluded creeks and winding rivers. So you’d be forgiven for momentarily forgetting that Cornwall has some pretty stunning countryside too. But do so at your peril, because venture inland and you’re in for a real treat, with a lush rolling landscape, that is ripe for exploration with your four-legged friend.


One of Cornwall’s most beautiful hidden treasures is just a short journey from our lodge locations. Golitha Falls, the site of Wheal Victoria copper mine, sits in a National Nature Reserve just within the southern edge of the Moor, a mile or so from the village of St Cleer. This glen is made up of pretty cascading streams and small waterfalls that ultimately flow towards the coast to become the Fowey River. This beauty spot in the heart of Cornwall is wonderfully lush with verdant greenery, the array of moss and fern varieties giving the sense of stepping back in time. Golitha Falls is beloved of dog walkers for good reason, with a convenient car park, plenty of opportunities for the dog to cool off in the crystal-clear water on a hot day and several miles of pathway to follow. Indeed, in truth, the signposting is a somewhat lacking and sporadic, but arguably that’s half the fun – exploring yourself, treading new paths, and making discoveries with the pooch as if for the first very time.

Our first bit of advice is to bring your wellies – you will need them! Likewise, prepare for your dog to get muddy. But then, surely, this is part and parcel of a day in the countryside; bringing a little souvenir mud back with you to remind you of your exploits. Take a camera too. The falls and surrounding Draynes Woods are not only extremely photogenic, but also a haven for wildlife. As well as birds, bats, and other creatures, keep your eyes peeled for sea trout resting in the river, salmon, and – if you’re really lucky – an otter or two looking for lunch.

Speaking of lunch, you’ll find many lovely spots to enjoy a picnic, so come prepared with a blanket and a hamper of your favourite Cornish produce to tuck into, while the pooch cools off in the shade. Alternatively, back at the car park, you’ll no doubt have noticed Inkie’s Smokehouse BBQ on your arrival. This café/grill comes highly recommended from many patrons sharing rave reviews online. Locally sourced meat is smoked using traditional barbeque methods for an intense flavour – perfect after you’ve worked up an appetite. If, however, you’d just like an ice cream and a cool drink, you’re equally well catered for.

Fowey River

Once you’ve explored the Golitha Falls and surrounding woodland, there’s so much more for you and the pup to discover nearby, from the wide expanses of Bodmin Moor to more wooded valleys surrounding the gently flowing Fowey River (pictured above).

Did you know…

Golitha Falls is easily accessible from both Southern Halt and Stonerush Lakes.

Southern Halt: circa 2.3 miles; 5 minutes by car or 46 minutes on foot

Stonerush Lakes: circa 9.6 miles; 20 minutes by car

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Photo Credits:
Golitha Falls Main – Nilfanion
Yorkshire Terrier – Visit Cornwall
Fowey River – Visit Cornwall, Adam Gibbard

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