2. LER­RYN

Cornwall Life - - WALK -

This lovely river­bank and wood­land walk from the pretty vil­lage of Ler­ryn of­fers fine views of the rivers Ler­ryn and Fowey. If your chil­dren are en­er­getic, the walk may be ex­tended by fol­low­ing the yel­low ar­rows and blue cir­cles to St Win­now, with its river­side church and farm mu­seum and thence back to Ler­ryn by field paths – a to­tal of 8km/5 miles.

Ler­ryn’s scenery helped in­spire Ken­neth Gra­hame write Wind in the Wil­lows. His chil­dren’s clas­sic be­gan as let­ters to his son when Gra­hame was stay­ing in Fowey, close to his friend, Sir Arthur Quiller Couch (aka ‘Q’), the model for the talk­a­tive Ratty in the book. Both Q and Ratty loved mess­ing about in boats.

Be­gin at Ler­ryn’s river­side car park.

If the tide is out, cross the river Ler­ryn by step­ping stones. Oth­er­wise, use the me­dieval bridge. After cross­ing the river, turn left and fol­low the lane and later track par­al­lel to the bank and into Ethy Woods – pos­si­bly the model for Gra­hame’s Wild Wood. Stay on the path as it bends right. Bear left at a way­mark. Cross the creek by a foot­bridge. Con­tinue on the signed path and for­est tracks, keep­ing close to the river at any junc­tions. At St Win­now Point the Ler­ryn joins the river Fowey and the path turns north-west to­wards St Win­now.

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