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Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk


This gentle walk is a great introduction to the magical, mature, mixed and impressive parkland of the Lanhydrock estate.

A beautiful estate with ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths

Explore part of the 900 acres (364ha) of land surround Lanhydrock House and discover organic parkland full of traditional grassland flowers, bluebell woods, ancient trees, amazing fungi, wildlife and a magnificent beech-lined avenue.

Sheep grazing in the Lanhydrock estate
Explore the mixed woodland and parkland of the Lanhydrock estate National Trust / Sam Hopwood


Map route for Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


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 medieval field system.

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Gatehouse, garden and house at Lanhydrock
Gatehouse, garden and house at Lanhydrock National Trust Images / John Millar​


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.

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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.

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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.


Lanhydrock main visitor reception, grid ref: SX088636

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Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk


Lady's 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 formal garden, thank you.

Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk

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Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk

How to get here

Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD
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).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 passes the estate boundary.

Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking (National Trust) at Lanhydrock
  • Dogs welcome on leads in park and wood but assistance dogs only in formal garden