Golitha Falls


Golitha Falls is a famous beauty spot on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. Known locally as Golitha Falls, the reserve is an area of woodland occupying a steep-sided valley gorge, with the River Fowey flowing through it in a series of spectacular cascades.

The site is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its woodland flora. To view the wildflowers of the area, it is best to visit the site between April and July, however the River Fowey and the waterfalls can be enjoyed at any time of year.


The unusual name is pronounced 'Gol-ee-tha' which derives from the old Cornish word for obstruction. King Doniert was one of Cornwall's last Kings, who was drowned while hunting, in the River Fowey at Golitha Falls in the year AD875.

Management of the Golitha Falls woodland by coppicing dates back to the time of the Doomsday book and possibly earlier. In amongst the lichen covered trees you can also find all that now remains of what was a nineteenth century industrial mining complex