Down towards the tributary from Lerryn the channel widens considerably although that was no use to us on the way down as it was mostly mud. On other occasions I've paddled up to Lerryn and rate it highly, particularly with the convenient pub. You do need a high tide for this though.
It also shows signs of industrial heritage with the train line to carry clay to the ships. The clay ships are proper beasts, particularly when you're in a 16 foot canoe but there were none here today. Taking our chances crossing behind the Bodinnick ferry we stopped at busy Fowey. Some thoughtful fellow had provided an ideal landing spot with ladder to the pub. And so as a mark of respect to this public spirit we availed ourselves of a pint and bag of crisps from the establishment and surveyed the hubbub from our handy vantage point.
With a bit of time spare until the tide turned and not feeling we could quite claim to have paddled to the sea yet we traveled on to St Catherine's Bay. There we brewed up with the help of Kelly (Kettle) to wash down the pasties.
By the time we were on our way back upstream the wind had picked up so gave the perfect opportunity to bust out the sail. Now this is seriously civilised travel. Stuart even found time to sit back and enjoy a coffee as we cruised along making great time with both wind and tide giving us a helping hand.
All and all a great day on the river and a classic example of the benefits of working with nature rather than fighting it.
If you fancy a go yourself there are a few threads on the forum "Song of the Paddle" and here is a link for more info on the River Fowey. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Fowey