Follow in the footsteps of Heroes
on our In The Footsteps®
Cornwall in English Civil Wars Tour
Follow in the footsteps of heroes on our In The Footsteps® Cornwall in English Civil Wars Tour.
Follow in the footsteps of the Royalist and Parliamentary Armies in the battles for the Royalist stronghold of Cornwall during the English Civil Wars. Visit the key battlefields of Lostwithiel and Stratton.
Today we will move north to Stratton scene of the Battle of Stratton which took place on May 16th 1645
between the Royalist forces led by Sir Ralph Hopton and the Parliamentarians led by Henry Grey, the Earl
After stopping in the village of Stratton to look at the Tree Inn. Formerly the Manor House this was the HQ of the Royalist leader, Sir Ralph Hopton, before the battle.
We will then move on to the battle site itself. Situated on a hillside to the north of the town, there were some ancient earthworks which became the last outpost for the Parliamentarian Army as the Royalist Cornishmen, outnumbered two to one, fought their way in four columns up the slopes of the hill towards them.
We will follow the course of the battle, where despite running low on ammunition, the Royalists took the day and look at the memorials to that victory that still exist.
Today we will look at the Battle of Lostwithiel. Starting at the northern end of the battlefield we will
visit Respryn Bridge taken by the Royalists on the 11th August 1644 and then to Lanhydrock House, the HQ
of the Parliamentarian forces under the Earl of Essex, from where he was forced to flee on the 12th
We will then go on to Restormel Castle occupied by the Parliamentarian troops we will examine Essex’s defensive position there and consider his other position at Beacon Hill.
Moving then to Lostwithiel we will look, in particular, at St Bartholomews Church where the Parliamentarian cavalry stabled their horses and baptised one of them ‘Charles’ ‘in contempt of his Sacred Majesty’ and which was damaged by the Royalist bombardment in August 1644! We will hear the story of the Royalist prisoners, kept in the church belfry, who pulled up the ladder and declined to come down. They were finally dislodged when a barrel of gunpowder was blown up under them which also lifted the roof off the church tower!
We will then look at the Tudor Bridge over the River Fowey, a key crossing point which was later mined to prevent the Royalists taking it.
Moving down towards Fowey we will take in Castle Dore, scene of a Parliamentarian stand, as their forces retreated towards Fowey in the hope of escaping by sea.
From Fowey we will cross the river and look at some of the Royalist sites. Hall Walk where King Charles narrowly escaped death when a shot aimed at him killed a fisherman standing nearby.
We will then move on to Polruan to see the fort where Royalist guns had been placed to stop supply ships coming in to provision the besieged Parliamentarian Army.
Finally, we will discuss Lord Essex’s escape and the abandonment of his army and how the surviving Parliamentarian troops finally made it out of Cornwall.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.
The cost of your tour
The cost of our 2-days In the footsteps® Cornwall in the English Civil Wars Tour is
This price is based upon one to nine people travelling in your own vehicle. Your battlefield historian will travel in their own vehicle or join you in your vehicle depending upon COVID restrictions.
If your group is larger than 9 people, no problem. Just let us know and we will put together a proposal for you.
An additional supplement may apply for anniversary dates to cover any increase in the associated costs.
Booking indicates your acceptance of our Tour Terms and Conditions.
* The costs may vary from those shown above due to the availability and selection of hotels and other associated cost variations at the time of booking.
What your tour includes
- Two days escorted tour with our expert battlefield historian.
- The opportunity to discuss your battlefield travel plans with our expert team.
What your tour does not include
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
Your tour can have optional extras added. We can, for example, add any of the following to your tour: -
- Additional touring days.
- Half-board or Full-board option.
- In-tour travel in a vehicle driven by your battlefield historian.
- Transfer to and from the battlefield area.
Additional tour options
Either of the touring days can be taken as a day tour. The price of a day tour is £350.00 GBP.
The tour can be taken without the accommodation and introductory talk as a two day tour. The price of a two day tour is £700.00 GBP.
Customising your tour
The tour has been designed to give a balanced view of the opposing sides in the English Civil Wars. It can of course be adjusted to suit your personal requirements. These personalised tours are designed specifically for you so that you get to see what you want to see.
Your money is safe. We are members ot the TTA and all monies paid to us are held in a trust account and cannot be drawn down by us until the tour is over.
Why travel with In The Footsteps?
- We have over 16 years experience in designing and operating Private Battlefield Tours, Battlefield Studies and Staff Rides.
- Our team of battlefield historians and guides are selected for their experience, depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to tell the story in an entertaining and engaging way. The majority are accredited members of the prestigious Guild of Battlefield Guides. This means they endeavour to maintain high levels of good practice commensurate with the Guild's ethos.
- We operate a full booking, planning and design service.
- Office is open 24-hours a day whilst the tour is operating.
- Combined Employers and Public Liability Insurance (a copy can be supplied upon request).
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Page last updated: 16 July 2021.