This is the kind of place that brings back magical memories of woodland walks as a child. It has everything you want– an ancient oak forest, a steep valley gorge along which the River Fowey flows with waterfalls and dramatic cascades and a rich collection of flora and fauna.
Golitha Falls is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is managed by Natural England. There are ancient hazel coppices here and Draynes Wood was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The conditions are perfect for woodland favourites bluebells, wood anemone, moss and lichens and encouraging moths and butterflies. Species of brown long-eared and lesser horseshoe bats have been recorded here and there are stocks of river salmon and sea trout. If you’re lucky, you might see otters playing in the waterfalls.
Golitha Falls is three miles north west of Liskeard. Parking at Draynes Wood, PL14 6RY.
There’s a simple circular walk that is accessible for wheelchair users and babies in buggies for the most part. Information boards tell you what to look out for on the way.
A treat for bird fans. At Golitha Falls you might spot kingfishers, dippers, nuthatches, treecreepers or even buzzards.