It takes well over a half hour to walk in from the bus stop, along a country lane that winds between fields and takes you past horses and through trees.
At one spot you can see a tiny village and church across the river, but there's no way of crossing the river here.
Instead there is a riverside walk down to Fowey. If you come to the hostel during the day during the lock-out (10am-5pm) you can use a leaflet to take one of their recommended woodland walks. It's not too far to the village of Golant, which has a pub and church to visit.
If you don't fancy pub grub then the hostel has an excellent self-catering kitchen, though they also do full meals in the evening and can set you up with a packed lunch to take with you the next day.
How often have you stayed in a Georgian mansion surrounded by wooded hills, overlooking a river? And at these prices???
In 2004 a night's stay cost £13.40 for adults and £9.30 for under 18s. You must be a member of the International YHA, the annual subscription for which is £14 for adults and £7 for under 18s.
About an hour after sunset each evening they turn off the dining room lights and throw the kitchen scraps outside. If you wait quietly in the dim dining room you may see several badgers outside come up to feed!
The hostel is open daily from the beginning of February to the end of November, and again for a week around Christmas.
Some notes on getting there by public transport because there are NO bus stops to be seen. There is a bus to/from St Austell which stops near Par train station (which saves on a long bus ride from St Austell). On leaving Par station, do NOT cross over to the bus shelter (where you'd THINK the bus would stop). No, you wait under a tree and hope for the best.
Once on the bus, ring the bell as soon as you see 'Castle Dore' on the side of a yellow house. The bus turns right at a sign for Fowey and drops you off. The YHA is signposted from here down a quiet lane. A single cost £1.30.
To get back to Par and/or St Austell, walk back to the Castle Dore Crossroads and sit on the wall in front of the new house so you are facing the yellow house. The bus will be coming up the Fowey road for you to flag down as it turns here. Either way you're catching the #24 which runs between St Austell and Fowey each hour. A single from Castle Dore to St Austell cost £2.30.
Croft Farm Holiday Park is a touring site, plus they rent out mobile homes & have two holiday cottages. It is idealy situated only 1 mile from the Eden Project & not far from the coastal town of St Austell.
Pleasant site, friendly owners, there is club house or bar which makes it a quiet relaxing site
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