Lostwithiel is a small town at the head of the estuary of the river Fowey. In 2011 the population was 4,600 approx.

The name Lostwithiel comes from the Cornish word LOSTWYDHYEL which means “tail of a wooded area”

The town is situated in the Fowey river valley.

Lostwithiel most notable buildings are St Bartholomew’s church and Restormal castle.

Restormal castle

This is one of the four chief Norman castles of Cornwall. The castle is notable for its circular design; it was the residence of The Earl of Cornwall but became ruined in the 16th century.

Lostwithiel has a small museum devoted to the history of the town. It was once the undisputed capital of Cornwall and is an ideal base for a family Cornwall holiday.

It has antique shops and cafes.

Some Annual events

March – Lostwithiel Beer festival

May – Lost Fest.

June – Lost in gin

July – Lostwithiel carnival week

August – Sing along the river

Sept – Annual produce show / Cider festival

Dec – New year Eve Giants

Lostwithiel is known as the antiques capital of Cornwall.

Situated in central Cornwall, it is within easy reach of the coast or the moors

The town was officially known as “the port of FAWI” and became the second busiest port of the south coast of Cornwall.

The historic focus of the town is a medial bridge which parts of which date back to the late 13 th century.