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Family and dog at picnic tables with woodland in background

A cream tea on the green at Lerryn

Relax - Lerryn is just perfect for enjoying the creek and having a cream team on the green.

Lerryn is a very pretty village about three miles south-east of Lostwithiel. In other respects, it's about a million miles away from the bustle of Fowey, and the perfect locale for spending a relaxing afternoon beside the creek.

When the tide is right you can approach Lerryn along the creek from the River Fowey, and often during the summer there are boat tours from Fowey that visit the village. Take care, though - when the tide goes out, the creek rapidly dries, and you could find yourself spending rather longer in Lerryn than you planned!

There is a good free car park just beside the creek, but check to make sure they're not expecting a spring tide as the creek often overflows into the car park and could leave you with a rather soggy car. Similarly, don't park on the road on the southern side of the creek when a high tide is expected.

Dog and owners sitting by edge of water

If you're feeling energetic, there's a very enjoyable circular walk that takes you from Lerryn to St Winnow and back again. As well as passing along the creek, the walk takes you through Ethy woods until you meet the banks of the River Fowey, and from there you can see the pretty church of St Winnow. The walk is about five miles, and if you would like detailed guidance, take a look at the iwalkcornwall website (where you can download a copy of the walk onto your phone for a modest charge).

Having completed the walk – or having perhaps decided to do it another day – the delight of a cream tea (or ice cream) purchased from the hatch at the Lerryn Stores awaits you. Collect your tea, and select a bench to enjoy both this and the tranquility of the creek in front of you.

Small village shop with outdoor seating

If you're still feeling adventurous, why not try the stepping stones across the creek? Or alternatively, take a look at the pretty Elizabethan bridge.

Finally, if you're having a particularly thirsty day, why not go for a nice quiet drink in the garden of the Ship Inn? The inn is particularly child and dog friendly, and the garden is a nice, sheltered sunny spot.