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Lerryn to St Winnow Church 5 mile circular walk

If you're feeling brave cross the stepping stones across the river to begin your walk otherwise there is an ancient bridge. Enjoy the beauty of Ethy woods with breath-taking views down the estuary to Fowey. An easy walk but remember to keep your dogs on leads when walking across farmland. The village shop in Lerryn offers refreshments. Limited free car parking in the village.

5 Stars

May 2016

Mrs Lloyd

Stunning Riverside Walk

It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful walk. Starting out from Lerryn this 5 mile walk is fairly gentle becoming moderate after leaving the Fowey Estuary. The stepping stones at Lerryn can only be negotiated around low tide but what a lovely way to start a walk feasting your eyes on the views up and down stream, alternatively the stone bridge can be used. The wooded walk is mostly on wide, well used footpaths and runs directly alongside Lerryn Creek and then upstream along the side of the Fowey estuary affording beautiful views whether the tide is high or low. There are a few benches scattered along the route at various vantage points.

Once you leave the wooded part of the walk the beautiful riverside church of St Winnow comes into view; a location used in the original Poldark television series. The path drops onto a small beach on the approach to the church; it should be noted that very occasionally in exceptionally high tides walking this part my be a challenge! The church is lovely inside and steeped in history and a must to include enroute.

Angie's Kiosk can be found outside the churchyard next to the footpath offering the most amazing home reared bacon butty, homemade cakes, tea and coffee (open from 12 noon). The walk continues inland uphill but do stop to catch your breath and turn around to feast your eyes on the view below.

Continuing over the rolling hills and dropping back into the woods at a disused mill the walk rises again to fields past a local manor house before eventually dropping back down to the village of Lerryn. There is a choice of returning along a high ridge in the woods above Lerryn Creek if you wish to avoid the cows or young bullocks occasionally found in the field surrounding the manor house.

The whole walk provided beautiful tantalising vistas throughout and is one I will return to again and again as the seasons change. It would be difficult to tire of it.

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