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Tucked away in the beautfully tranquil Ruthen River Valley, the "Red River" Withiel feels a million miles away from wherever you have come from!  The whole parish has a Population of only 380 and in 1824 it was 300, which gives an indication of the fact that very little has changed here. If you want to spend a night in a real off the beaten track rural Cornish location this is perfect, located as it is in a remote valley 6 miles from Bodmin on the Saints Way route.

Withiel itself has the fine 13th Century Church of St Clements, well worth a look at, situated as it is amongst a handful of pretty cottages and the castle like rectory.

The authors of The Saints Way Guide Cards note the exterior of the church is covered in silver Lichen - a sign of the purity of the air in this forgotten corner of Cornwall.

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