Lovely Lerryn; Quaint Spots Along The Fowey River
There’s so much charm in quaint villages along the river and none more than Lerryn. Based on the Eastern side of the river, at the head of the tributary which feeds into the Fowey, this tiny little village offers a tranquil place to walk, enjoy the pub and lunch on the river bank. Lerryn is easily accessed from neighbouring Lostwithiel, and a nice contrast when staying in any of the local bustling towns such as Looe and Fowey.
Lerryn is based on a tidal tributary, at high tide you’ll find slow moving swans, nesting ducks and bobbing boats. At low tide, these stepping stones appear, giving an easy crossing to the other bank.
We started our explore by crossing the stepping stones and walking the Northern bank down into the woods.
The walk is level and easy for all abilities. You’ll continue through a wooded pathway and eventually open out into where the river feeds into the Fowey. If you follow the bank along, you’ll reach St Winnow. This is a beautiful place to stop and eat your lunch or just take in the surroundings.
After heading back to the stepping stones, we explored the opposite bank where you’ll find more quaint cottages, a pretty little bridge and, when heading up to the woods, you’ll stumble upon an old pleasure park. This 100 year old abandoned site was built by China Clay magnate, Frank Parkyn, who was born in the village in 1850, work began on the elaborate park around 1920, following his visit to the Danish Tivoli. Now hugged and adorned by ivy and moss, you’ll find the old water fountain, archways and walls to show what was once there.
Lerryn offers a free car park, convenience store serving light lunches and cold drinks, a pub with beer garden and an abundance of walking trails. The woodlands are dog friendly and the walks are level and well laid. It’s a really beautiful spot to head to and make the most of a sunny afternoon.