Walk just a few minutes from here across the railway and River Fowey and you are in Lostwithiel, ancient capital of Kernow, old Cornwall. In the 13th century, Lostwithiel was the county town and main stannery town of Cornwall, established by the Normans for the export of tin. The river then was wide and deep and sea-going vessels were tied up along the quay ready for their trips to the countries around the Mediterranean Sea. “The Port of Fowi” was the second largest on the South Coast of England – hard to believe now!
Today Lostwithiel is a peaceful, friendly and charming town with fine pubs, restaurants, antique shops, boutiques, galleries and food outlets a plenty to suit every taste.
Sidings really is in a truly fantastic location for exploring Cornwall. The North coast and Newquay (and airport) are just over half an hour away. Even closer to home and within just a few miles are:
- The Eden Project
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum
- Charlestown Shipwreck Museum
- Restormel Castle and Lostwithiel Museum
- Beach’s at Par and the South Coast
- From Lostwithiel railway station you can explore Cornwall without the worry of parking – visit St Ives easily by rail or get an all inclusive ticket to the Bodmin steam railway