Lostwithiel is located in the Fowey valley. It was an inland port and was the lowest bridging point on the River Fowey.
Lostwithiel is a historic town that is ideally located to explore South East Cornwall. The most notable buildings are St Bartholomew's Church and Restormel Castle which is about a mile north of Lostwithiel
The town was once a centre for the export of tin down the tidal river by boat, but gradually silted up so it became less easy to use. The history of the town can be seen in the Lostwithiel Museum.
Also close by is the stately house and gardens of Lanhydrock House.
Nearby villages include Lanlivery and Lerryn which has a wood nearby that is rumoured to have inspired Kenneth Graham when he wrote Wind in the Willows.