There are a few variations on this route, as you can walk from Restormel Castle down to Lostwithiel and then on to St Winnow and Lerryn if you want a longer walk (about 7 miles). Alternatively you can start from Lostwithiel down the river bank to Lerryn (roughly 5.5 miles). You can also do a circular walk around Lerryn and St Winnow (about 5.5 miles, or just do a shorter walk nearer the village). Many thanks to Tricia Newborough who walked in the area recently for the idea and for her photos of her two lovely dogs.
This is another dog friendly day out all by itself, and the 13th century keep is a fascinating place to explore. There is a shop and some refreshements available, but it costs around £3.80 to enter if you are not a member of English Heritage. From the car park walk towards Restormel Farm and down Restormel Road into Lostwithiel. You can cross into the town at the community centre (where there is also parking) and continue onto Liddicoat Road, Pleyber Christ Way and North Street where you will find the medieval bridge over the River Fowey
Lostwithiel to Lerryn (5.5 miles)
Start at the old stone, medieval bridge over the River Fowey. Cross the railway and continue up the hill past the Earl of Chatham pub. At the crossroads turn right to Lerryn. Continue and take the right turn to Polmena. The road turns into a track and joins the road into St Winnow. Walk down into St Winnow. Do visit Angie’s Kiosk if you can and there is a beautiful 12th century church.
From the slipway into the river, walk along the river bank then go over the stile and follow the path along the bottom of the field and into the woods. From here you join a clear path which runs alongside the Fowey river. There are spectacular views downstream to Golant where the Lerryn river meets the Fowey. Continue until you reach Lerryn. If the tide is low enough you can cross the stepping stones.
Circular walk: St Winnow to Lerryn (5.5 miles)
The route starts at the car park, and depending on the tide, you begin by crossing the stepping stones or the bridge. Take the first path to the left and continue until you reach the footpath sign opposite the car park. From here the walk is signposted with yellow arrows and follows a track from Lerryn along the former quays of the Lerryn River into Ethy Woods. The route then follows paths through the woods along the edge of the River Lerryn and up the River Fowey. You will go along a slipway, through a boatyard and up into St Winnow. The walk passes through the churchyard and the footpath is then marked along the track to your right. Then the path rises, offering beautiful views over the church and river, and continues across the fields to an abandoned mill, where the walk re-enters Ethy woods. Cross the stream by the mill house and then take the first unmarked footpath through the woods. You should reach a stile and signpost which lead you to the parkland surrounding Ethy House estate. The walk then continues across the grounds and into Lerryn. When you meet the road, turn right and this takes you back to the village and the car park.