Sunshine beaming through the trees at Lanhydrock © National Trust

Sunshine beaming through the trees at Lanhydrock

An expansive estate to explore

Lanhydrock estate covers 1,000 acres, with parkland, woods and riverside paths. Guides of the many walks to explore are available in reception, at the gatehouse or the shop.

Wildlife spotters will be in their element here. With plenty of flora and fauna to discover, from flowers to fungi and bugs to bats, there's something for everyone.

Trees are a few of our favourite things

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Walking wonderland

There are loads of walks around Lanhydrock, through woods, fields and along the riverside. You can get route guides at the house reception, gatehouse and shop.

Why not try out our Great Wood walk?

Get snapping

 © Brian Muelaner

Summer is a super time for taking photographs. The sunshine strikes beautifully through branches and glints off grasses all over the estate for fabulous scenic shots, and we've lots of photogenic wildlife in the grounds.

Hidden delight

The swimming pool at Lanhydrock © Kate Evans

The swimming pool at Lanhydrock

Tucked away off the beaten track is the remains of the Victorian family's swimming pool. Once a grand recreational area with a building for changing in, this area is now popular with school groups for pond dipping.

Leaf your mark

Making wild art © NTPL/National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Making wild art

Do a bit of tree spotting on your walk around the estate and see how many different types of leaves you can find. You can collect the leaves to create your own wild art or make a leaf crown if you're feeling crafty.

Fabulous fungi

Fungi growing on the Lanhydrock estate  © NTPL/John Browning

Fungi growing on the Lanhydrock estate

We leave fallen branches and trees in situ to create habitats for insects on the estate and these also make a wonderful breeding ground for fungi. See how many different varieties you can find on your walk.

Grow your own

The results of all the hard work

The results of all the hard work

For several years now, Mike Seaman has overseen the Lanhydrock allotments. He's been there since the beginning, when the site was first cleared, secured with rabbit-proof fencing and filled with green-fingered people keen to live the good life.

Now the plots are full of fresh produce to reward the hard work carried out on the plots and the well-kept site has even won a 'best allotment' award. It's a community space too, with a large seating area for chatting with like-minded people and a children's play area and heritage growing area too.

Generous plot holders provide the Victorian kitchens with fresh produce for display, to bring the house to life for you.

Find out more from the Lanhydrock allotments website.

Beetle mania

Lanhydrock estate hosts a whole world of creepy crawlies, including many hard-to-find species. Two of the rare species you can find here are the oil and rhinoceros beetles.