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Water surrounded by grassy land

Golant

Golant is a quiet and attractive riverside village along the banks of the River Fowey, in an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Just under four miles from the main town of Fowey, the tidal village of Golant is a delightful hillside hamlet with narrow streets and chocolate box cottages nestled along the riverbank. Unspoilt by development, this quiet backwater is well worth a visit; as is the friendly local pub, The Fisherman's Arms.

Getting out on the water is easy. Through Encounter Cornwall you can hire a kayak or canoe and join a group exploring the estuary with the help of an expert guide.

Kayaks in water with land in background

The east bank of the river is owned by the National Trust and the area is known for being the place where Kenneth Grahame wrote Tales of the Riverbank in 1907. At the top of the hill, the local church of St Sampson is well worth a visit – originally built in the 13th century, it was rebuilt in the early 1500s.

Yellow ores displayed by boat shed

The Saints' Way footpath is here and follows the probable route of early Christian travellers making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany. The route begins at the picturesque harbour in Padstow and heads south before joining the River Fowey near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch that leads to Golant and then onto Fowey, a little over two miles away on foot.