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Ethy woods walk

Ethy Woods is one of the many walks around Lerryn and is a beautiful and tranquil setting at any time of year. It is said to have inspired Kenneth Grahame to write the Wind in the Willows or Tales from the Riverbank.

Ethy Woods features in an iWalkCornwall circular walk from Lerryn to St Winnow and can also be downloaded as an app.

From the village green, cross the stepping stones or if it's high tide, walk along the road and cross at the bridge. Turn left and walk along the river until you reach the National Trust owned part of  Ethy Woods. 

There are several options depending on how far you want to walk. You can stay on the relative flat alongside the river until you reach a flat grassed area perfect for picnics and river watching. You can continue from this point to follow a signed circular route that takes you up to the top of the woods and along. You can continue into the Forestry Commission owned part of Ethy Woods, and if you are feeling particularly energetic continue as far as St Winnow (2 miles) or even Lostwithiel (4.5 miles).

There are many paths around the woods. From the top of the woods you can access a footpath which crosses fields past the Georgian building of Ethy house (possibly the inspiration for Toad Hall), the gardens of which are open to the public on occasional days.

Pick up a booklet of local walks from Lerryn stores.

National Trust sign   Along the river in Ethy woods

Old stone wall with steps   Bridge in Ethy woods

Forestry Commission path   Ethy woods building