Golitha Falls | A Mini Adventure for the Family

Golitha Falls is a hidden gem, a photographer's dream and a great place for a mini adventure.

Photo credit: Smithy.1990
Arriving in Cornwall on a rather rainy day, we looked for things to do before we could check into our accommodation at Forest Holidays and came across Golitha Falls. Described as 'a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls' flowing through ancient woodlands, it sounded like the perfect place for a rainy afternoon stroll. Being January, it was certainly welly weather and the only really suitable footwear (apart from walking boots) for the 'woodland trail.' I say 'trail' but there were a few times where it was more 'make your own path' with some small water-crossings. As far as I can remember there weren't any sign posts once on the trail and there were a few hard-to-avoid boggy bits. It definitely made for an exciting adventure but if you were wearing anything but wellies, you'd have pretty soggy feet.

Golitha Falls is a walk you could do with an active toddler but I wouldn't describe it as pushchair-friendly. There's a lot of fast flowing water, so obviously you have to keep a close eye on little ones - we were lucky that Arthur was in a stay-close-hand-holding mood! Still, it's a walk toddlers can really enjoy, especially if they're looking for bears (as we like to do) or muddy puddle jumping.

Photo credit: Smithy.1990
There was something so enchanting about the wild woodland with the River Fowey dashing through it. It was breathtaking in parts and felt like a really special place to walk through. My partner had great fun photographing the water and trying out different effects on his camera. I've actually pinched a few of his photos for this post, as me and Arthur were more concerned with taking silly selfies and welly pictures!

I think what made our Golitha Falls walk even better was that it wasn't overly busy. We only saw a few people out and about, though I imagine it may be more of a tourist hotspot in the summer time. It wasn't the easiest place to find (we struggled even with a Sat Nav) but were pleased to find a free car park with toilet facilities (I'm one of those people that has to wee before they walk) on arrival. There was also a quirky looking restaurant called Inkie's Smokehouse in the car park, which looked great but was unfortunately closed on the day we visited. I believe it currently opens Wednesday - Sunday 10-4pm and looks well-worth a visit.

Photo credit: Smithy.1990

We really enjoyed our walk through the woodlands, despite the wet weather and would definitely recommend it if you are in the area and looking for something outdoorsy to do. Just don't forget your wellies!

Read more of my Cornwall Diaries
Forest Holidays Deerpark - The Perfect Family Getaway
A Winter Visit to the Eden Project
Exploring Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall

Megan x
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