Walks, Wells & Waterfalls; Menacuddle Well
Menacuddle Well is one of those places that you will have driven past 100 times and never knew it existed. It’s not hard to find or reach, based just off Bodmin Road outside of St Austell. This area is beautifully cared for by volunteers calling themselves the Friends Of Menacuddle Well.
The small granite well house was originally built in the late 15th century and restored by Sir Charles Graves Sawle in 1922. A Gothic archway leads into the peaceful sanctuary where the crystal clear water springs forth, in glaring contrast to the milky white, china clay tainted water flowing in the river beside it. In the Middle Ages there was an important chapel in the area adjoining this well house, although no trace of it now remains.
In Spring, this place is alive with vivid pink rhododendron bushes and in the Autumn, it’s crisp with orange leaves. Head down, take a seat and embrace the tranquility.