STORYWALKS in Summer 2024

Guided walks, with one of our local Historian/Story Tellers, are planned to suit the fitness and interests of family, friendship or colleague groups. The group size is a maximum of 6 humans, plus – with the exception of Fowey, which is too busy – you are welcome to bring 1 or 2 dogs.

We really like to have 3 families at a time, not more, and hope that each will arrive in one car. Even better for our little congested country lanes is when a group comes on a bike or via public transport, in which case they will be rewarded with a discount!

Prices are always bespoke, agreed and paid in advance. As an indication, without food, a family group short walk starts from £20, or £18 if on public transport.

When and Where

Commencing from mid April (or later if ground conditions still necessitate a delay), we will be offering walks in the following places and each on a regular day: –

On MONDAYS (from 22nd April) = walks from the MEADOW BARNS. Please take a look at the YouTube film to discover how we choose a route for you – either to the west into Luxulyan Valley, or east, for stories of Fowey Consols mines and the canal at the base of Penpillick Hill.

Description of the site and routes from Meadow Barns

Because Meadow Barns is our admin centre, we can sometimes offer visits and walks on other days of the week, particularly on summer evenings. These can either be with a story teller or you may borrow a walk book and go off on your own. Don’t worry about getting lost, as you can always give us an SOS phone call!

Please simply send your email to enquiry@themeadowbarns.co.uk and we will help you plan your visit and send an invoice to be paid by BACS, in advance. Thank you.

On TUESDAYS, with a book launch day on 2nd April, and then starting walks on 23rd April, we will be offering a very special FOWEY History walk with optional stopping points for coffee at The Ship Inn, and then, near the end, a chance to collect a delicious Italian picnic from the Organicafe, opposite Caffa Mill Car Park.

On WEDNESDAYS, from our launch at PAR Community Garden on April 3rd, we will be offering choices of 3 different routes around Par and St Blazey each week, starting 24th April. One of the Par stories is featured on the YouTube channel; it is quite amusing and well worth a watch.

Also very popular for families with younger children, is the section of walk beside an old station that inspired the author to write his Thomas the Tank Engine book about Bill and Ben! This picture shows how the real trains ended up at Bodmin and Wenford Steam railway a few miles up the road.

Our final walk day is on SUNDAYS from LUXULYAN, with a ROAST DINNER OPTION, at the King’s Arms pub. The stories here are all about quarrying, and include a report on how one of the most famous viaducts in the UK was built by Joseph Treffry, combining a channel for water, with tramway tracks above. As you see, we offer a short morning walk and a longer one in the afternoon. Quite often we will join you for the pub lunch and continue explaining the history and challenges of this very unique area.

Caroline holds the collection of historic pictures, to illustrate a viaduct story
Everyone has earned their pint & roast dinner!

WORDS from a past visitor, on their STORY WALK ADVENTURE from Meadow Barns in 2021:-

A totally unique experience. Caroline’s attention to detail and passion make this a truly lovely adventure. Hot pasties and hot chocolate were waiting for us on our return, accompanied by a glimpse into history with Caroline’s amazing storytelling skills. The walk itself – even being lost for a little time – was totally awe inspiring. We both loved every minute and if there was an annual Pass to Meadow Barns we’d definitely get one. One day was definitely not enough and we will return!