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Lerryn and St Winnow, Walks In Cornwall, England, UK

Lerryn and St Winnow - South West Coast Path

This Lerryn & St Winnow walk was about 4.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this route is mainly field and woodland paths and tracks with some short road and lane sections. There were also two short steep ascents, a foreshore along the edge of a river and 11 stiles to negotiate.

This walk was relatively easy and very pleasant, combining a riverside route through woodland with a rural section which provides open views of beautiful, rolling countryside.

Lerryn is best visited when the tide is up as that is when it is at its most picturesque. However, a very high tide could make parts of the walk difficult, especially the foreshore approaching St Winnow and note that the stepping stones across the river by the car park are only negotiable at low tide.

St Winnow Church is in a wonderful location near the bank of the River Fowey. It has some of its construction dating from Norman times and there is some lovely 16th-century glass in the west window. One of the bench ends shows a medieval Cornishman swigging from a quart pot. St Winnow also has an interesting farming museum displaying implements of bygone days.

Starting from Lerryn car park leg one went north east by road before heading north west over the river; then south west by lane and woodland path to river inlet. Leg two headed south west to south on woodland paths and tracks; then north west along woodland paths, tracks and a foreshore path to St Winnow Church.

Leg thee headed north east along tracks and field paths to St Winnow Mill. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg headed south east on a woodland path before turning north east on field paths; then south east on a lane and over river stepping stones back to Lerryn car park.

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Lerryn & St Winnow Route

The Lerryn & St Winnow route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from Lerryn car park south of the river; going north east by road then north west over the river; then south west by lane and woodland path to river inlet.

  1. From the car park we returned to the entrance and turned left along the road.
  2. We followed the road at it bent to the left and crossed over the bridge.
  3. Next we turned left down the next lane to the left.
  4. At the end of the lane we turned left again and as the lane bent to the right we followed it as it ran beside the river.
  5. The lane reduced to a path and soon entered the National Trust’s Ethy Woods.
  6. We followed the path along the course of the creek and soon reached a footpath post at the head of the first pill (inlet).

Leg 2

Having walked about 0.75 miles to this point, the second leg headed south west to south on woodland paths and tracks; then north west on woodland paths, tracks plus a foreshore path to St Winnow Church.

  1. Here we went left around the head of the inlet and on through shady woodland.
  2. After crossing a low stone stile we crossed a footbridge and climbing to reach a track.
  3. We turned left along the track but soon veered left off this track at a footpath marker down to follow the course of the creek again, skirting Mendy Pill and crossing a small stream.
  4. Further along, the path went up steps and joined the track again, rounding St Winnow Point, the southernmost extent of the walk.
  5. When the track ended, we keep straight ahead along a narrow path past a Forestry Commission sign.
  6. As the wood thinned out we went up a few steps and crossed a stile into a meadow.
  7. We turned left along the bottom edge of the meadow; crossed another stile, another meadow and a third stile.
  8. Here we walked along a boardwalk and followed the path along the foreshore. Be aware that when there is a very high tide you may get your feet wet!
  9. At the St Winnow Quay we turned right up a track, passed through an open metal gate and turned right through a metal gate into the churchyard.
  10. Once we finished looking around we exited the churchyard back through the metal gate.

Leg 3

At around the 2.75 miles mark, the third leg headed north east on tracks and field paths to St Winnow Mill.

  1. Next we walked a short way up the lane and turned right on a track before the museum by a public footpath sign.
  2. After passing through a metal gate we followed a farm track with an orchard on the right.
  3. After passing through a second gate we climbed steeply uphill, with good views back to the River Fowey and passed through a metal gate.
  4. We then went ahead a few paces and turned right over a stile next to a metal gate at the top.

    Following the yellow waymark we crossed the field diagonally uphill to the far corner where we cross a double stile into the next field.

  5. Following the left edge of the field we crossed a stile next to a metal gate in the corner to enter another field.
  6. Here we headed diagonally right across the field to cross a stile next to a metal gate in the middle of the hedge on the right.
  7. Here we went diagonally left across a field towards woods where we crossed a double stile in the far corner.
  8. In this field we then followed the left edge of the field until crossing a stile on the left before the woods.
  9. In this field we followed the right edge, descending the hill to cross a stile on the right and go down a few steps onto a track.
  10. We turned right down the track and went left at a fork, curving left through the ruins of St Winnow Mill.
  11. Shortly after passing the Mill we reached a staggered barrier on the left.

Leg 4

Having walking about 3.75 miles to this point the fourth and final leg headed south east on a woodland path then north east on field paths; then south east on a lane and over river stepping stones back to Lerryn car park.

  1. We turned left here through the staggered barrier up a steep hill into woods.
  2. We kept to the main path uphill until ascending a few stone steps and going through the gate at the top into a field.
  3. Although the waymarker here bears right we followed the footpath straight across the field.
  4. Part way across the field the path reached a gap in a banked wall where we turned left to go through a gate into a field.
  5. We followed the left edge of this field until a point where the wall went away to the left.
  6. Here we kept straight ahead across the field, downhill to a gate to the right of bungalows near the far right-hand corner of the field.
  7. After passing through the gate we turned left at the head of a cui-dc-sac, then right down the lane.
  8. Following the lane we went ahead where the lane bent to the right, across stepping stone over the river back into the car park
  9. Alternatively, if the river level is too high, turn left before the bend in the lane, then go right over the bridge at Lerryn back to the car park, the way you came during outbound leg 1.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Golant, Cornwall hiking holiday during June, 2013. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Golant, Cornwall to the starting location of Lerryn, Cornwall. We parked in the car park on the south side of the river at grid reference SX140570.

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