This beautiful riverside walk takes you along the magnificent Fowey estuary, inspiration for Wind in the Willows, to Lerryn, a really charming village on the upper reaches of the tidal creeks of the River Fowey. It’s fairly easy but there are stiles and steep hills. Dogs should also be kept on leads around livestock.
Fowey to Lerryn (5.5 miles) moderate, allow 3 hours
START: Caffa Mill car park in Fowey: PPL23 1DF
Park at Caffa Mill in Fowey — then cross on the Bodinnick Ferry (passenger tickets are £2 each way, and the ferry runs to 8pm from May to Sept and 7pm from Oct to April. Check the latest fares and timetable here: http://www.ctomsandson.co.uk/bodinnick-ferry/ferry-and-timetable/
Dog Friendly pit stops:
The Old Ferry Inn, Bodinnick
The Ship Inn, Lerryn
Once you disembark from the ferry, look to your left for a footpath signpost which leads you over a stile. Follow the path through the field and down the hill.
You’ll soon arrive a Mixtow Pill, which is a small creek off the main Fowey River. Here you can see the dock used to transport china clay. Follow the road behind the Pill and continue along the road up the hill.
Watch out for the footpath which is signposted on your left. Follow it across the stile and continue across the field to the next stile.
Continue across the fields and until you come to the next stile and footpath sign.
You will soon come to Colquite Farm. Follow the path which goes around the back of the farm until you come to a track which leads down the hill towards Penpoll Creek.
Bear left following the track towards the estuary and follow the signposted path across a field. At Penpoll Creek follow the path and then a track along the inlet.
Here you will pass an old limekiln and a lovely old watermill. Follow the road up the hill until you come to a fork.
Bear right and continue uphill towards St Veep. Here you’ll find the remote, and very pretty church. From here, follow the footpath across the road and climb over the style.
Cross the field and climb over another stile. Continue with the hedge to your left, on to the next style and on to Pennant Farm.
A path takes you around the back of this farm. From here, turn left and follow the road until you come to a signpost marking the footpath towards Cliff.
Cross the stile and turn left with the hedge on your left. You get to see some really beautiful views of the estuary here. Go over another stile and continue down a steep hill towards the woods ahead.
Keep going to the edge of the woods and go through a gateway on your left, following the track beyond to the edge of the estuary. Here you’ll find Cliff, a tiny village on the edge of the river. Follow the path to the estuary and walk along the shoreline. From here look out for the path back into the woods as you leave Cliff. It’s marked by a gate. The path beyond this will take you to Lerryn.
Follow the path along the creek until you come to the centre of the village with its shop and cafe. Just up the hill to your right is The Ship Inn, a lovely dog friendly pub.
Do note, buses from Lerryn to Fowey run weekly! So either use two cars or book a taxi if you don’t want to walk both ways!