Rarely busy, (and free for Lostwithiel and Lerryn residents with some photo ID), this English Heritage treasure can provide a place of solace on hot day. When everyone heads to the coast I often like to wonder inland.
The castle is in remarkably good nick considering it is from the 13th Century. You can walk almost all the way around the top and work out which room use to house what. The views down the valley to Lostwithiel are beautiful and with plenty of benches this is an ideal place for a picnic.
When we were there daisies and buttercups glistened in the winds, but come earlier, in Spring, and you can enjoy swathes of primroses and bluebells.
Listening to the sheep in the surrounding fields is very calming, and watching the birds of prey circle ahead. Definitely recommended for a peaceful day out, especially coupled with a trip to the Duchy Nursery and a wonder round the charming and independent shops of the lovely Lostwithiel.