River Lerryn

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Rivers south of Bodmin Moor
River Lerryn
Bodmin Moor
Boconnoc Lake
Couch's Mill
Limit of navigation
Stepping Stones
River Fowey
The River Lerryn at low tide
The River Lerryn at Tallowater

The River Lerryn is a river in east Cornwall, England, UK, a tributary of the River Fowey. The Lerryn is the largest of the tributaries which enter the estuary of the Fowey. The river is tidal up to the village of Lerryn. The landscape of the Lerryn catchment is rural and includes heathland, moorland and rough pasture in the upper reaches and broadleaf, coniferous and mixed plantation woodland in the lower. This catchment includes four SSSIs, including Redlake Meadows & Hoggs Moor.[1] The Lerryn rises at Fairy Cross (Grid ref. SX1262) on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor and flows south-southwest until it enters the Fowey estuary (Grid ref. SX1255).[2]

The name of the river is Cornish; the earliest record of it is as "Leryan" and "Lerion" in 1289. In modern Cornish its name would be Dowr Leryon, meaning "river of floods".[3] The village of Lerryn is named after the river.


  1. ^ River catchments -- Fowey and Lerryn; Cornwall Rivers Project
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey One-inch Map of England & Wales; Bodmin and Launceston, sheet 186. 1946
  3. ^ Weatherhill, Craig (2009). A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names. Westport, Co. Mayo: Evertype. ISBN 9781904808220; p. 3

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