If you’re on holiday near Lerryn with your four-legged friend, no doubt you’ll have discovered the magical Ethy Woods. But have you explored the other side of the river? It’s just as pretty and much quieter than the popular Ethy Woods. I headed there with my golden retriever Monty and his border terrier pal Alfie to see if it got the dog’s seal of approval.
Park up in the small village car park and be wary of tides; on occasion it floods when the tide is really high. Turn right at the village green and walk down the riverside lane dotted with quaint cottages. Follow this lane and cross over a small picturesque stone bridge.
It’s not particularly high, but it doesn’t have any railings or walls so you might want to put your pup on the lead if they like to wander. Continue to follow the lane along the river and you’ll notice the woods to your left. Continue walking until you come to a private gate ahead. Instead, follow the public footpath sign into the woods.
Stick throwing heaven
Follow the signs up into the woods and you’ll soon come to the crest of a hill which tumbles down towards a little inlet. Monty loves nothing more than having sticks thrown from the top of the hill all the way to the bottom to retrieve. Well, other than cooling down in the muddy creek of course. This is a fantastic exercise in tiring out an insatiably energetic dog!
Making a splash
And if they’ve still got more energy to burn? Head on a little further where you’ll stumble across a fantastic natural pool – the perfect place to cool down after a busy cardio session! Aside from just swimming, Monty enjoyed – you guessed it – having sticks thrown in to the pool and retrieving them.
Post walk refreshments
After all that chasing and swimming we were in need of some refreshments. If the sun is out and you’ve thought ahead and bought snacks and drinks with you, Lerryn Village Green is a scenic picnic spot complete with benches and tables.
Sadly Lerryn Village Stores has closed down, but you can pick up some provisions such as pasties, sausage rolls, fresh bread, milk, eggs, tomatoes and butter from the local pub, The Ship Inn. The pub is also a great spot to grab a heartier meal: think rustic steak baguettes, steaming bowls of local mussel and baileys laced banoffee pie. They have a lovely beer garden to the rear which is a fantastic spot to relax when the sun is out. They also have a restaurant area inside as well as an informal bar dining area. The pub is super dog-friendly and you might even meet the two lovely resident dogs.
If you’d like a little more choice, hop back in the car and drive the 3.5 miles into Lostwithiel. The pretty valley town has free parking and a great range of pubs and restaurants. If you’re up for another walk (or don’t mind driving an extra mile) check out The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery which, alongside its fantastic garden centre and shop, has a lovely cafe. The perfect place for a post-walk cream tea. Monty had other plans though…