Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk
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This gentle walk is a great introduction to the magical, mature, mixed woodland and impressive parkland of the Lanhydrock estate.
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Start: Lanhydrock main visitor reception, grid ref: SX088636
Leave the main car park and follow the signs for Lanhydrock House, crossing the road and entering the park by the reception building. Delabole slate has been used to roof the octagonal reception building, built in 1990.
Follow the path down the hill towards Lanhydrock House. Continue past the gatehouse. The parkland that surrounds you has been certified organic since 2004, with no pesticides or fertilisers having been applied to the land since the late 1990s. This has allowed traditional grassland flowers to flourish. The unusually bumpy ground in the park is the remains of a mediaeval field system.
Lanhydrock House is the ultimate example of the 19th century upstairs/downstairs lifestyle. The surrounding 900 acres (364ha) of land, including formal gardens, 2 miles (3km) of the River Fowey, interesting archaeology, mixed woodland, heathland and a children's play area, gives much to explore for everyone.
Go through the wide, unpainted gate next to the cattle grid, and turn left. This track, running down the edge of Great Wood, is known as Lady's Walk. To the left of Lady's Walk you can see the 1823 ha-ha, a vertical wall alongside a stream. The ha-ha prevented the parkland grazing stock from getting into the woodland, without interrupting the view from the house.
Since the clearance of the invasive rhododendron ponticum from Great Wood, fantastic displays of bluebells can be seen in the spring. Lanhydrock is also home to kingfishers, dormice and 12 species of bat.
Follow Lady's Walk down the edge of Great Wood until you reach a red gate onto Newton Lane. Turn left here and continue past the privately owned cottages.
Discover the impressive avenue of beech and sycamore, with just two oak impostors! Great Wood lives up to its name, with a mix of beech, oak, sycamore, ash, sweet chestnut, holly and a number of Scots Pine. Also, look out for the amazing fungi for which these trees provide a home.
Turn left through the gates by Newton Lodge into the Avenue. This impressive gateway, marked with the initials of John and Lucy Robartes, is dated 1657. The magnificent beech trees that line the Avenue are host to a magnificent array of invertebrates, fungi, lichen and other wildlife. The Avenue was originally planted circa 1657, with just a single row of sycamore either side of the track.
At the top of the Avenue, turn right and follow the path back up through the park to the main entrance and car park.
End: Lanhydrock main visitor reception, grid ref: SX088636
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- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)
- Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 200
Ladys Walk is a little bumpy in places but is approached in a downhill direction. Short, steep incline as you enter the Avenue. There are many other routes at Lanhydrock for you to explore, including walks alongside Lanhydrocks 2 mile (3.2km) stretch of the River Fowey. Dogs on leads are welcome on the estate, but livestock graze in the park. No dogs in the garden thank you.
- How to get here:
By bike: National Cycle Network Route 3 passes the estate boundary
By train: Bodmin Parkway, 1.75 miles (2.8km) via original carriage-drive, 3 miles (4.8km) by road
By road: 2.5 miles (4km) south-east of Bodmin. Follow signposts from either A30 or A38 Bodmin to Liskeard, or take B3268 off A390 at Lostwithiel. Parking in main car park (free) or at Respryn car park (free for NT members)
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