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Lanhydrock Respryn ramble


This circular walk from Respryn car park takes in fantastic scenery along the River Fowey and through semi-natural ancient woodland on the National Trust's Lanhydrock estate.

Go for a stroll around the estate, rich in history and wildlife

There are stunning shows of wild daffodils in March, followed by bluebells in April and May. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Waterside Walks', 'Flora & Fauna'.

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Oak leaves in September National Trust / John Millar


Map route for Respryn ramble
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Respryn car park, grid ref: SX099636


Take the track and footbridge next to the car park entrance, then turn left over Respryn Bridge. Turn right through the kissing gate and follow either of the two footpaths down the river.

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As the two paths meet, continue down to the river and admire the magnificent old oak trees. Look out for dippers, wagtails and the more elusive kingfishers and otters enjoying the River Fowey. At dusk you can see Daubentons bats hawking over the water-catching insects.

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Cross the wooden footbridge, Kathleen Bridge, that was rebuilt in 1992 by the Royal Engineers. Its predecessor was swept away by floods.

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You're now in Higginsmoor Wood which is semi-natural ancient woodland. The area was previously used for tin streaming, one of the earliest forms of tin mining. You can still see where the water was channelled to allow workers to extract the tin. Turn right up the hill.


Walking up the hill you'll see hornbeams either side of the path. These look very similar to beech trees but have a sinewy appearance to their trunks and their leaves are smaller and more serrated.


Go through the first red gate and turn right along Newton Lane.


At the end of Newton Lane you'll find yourself at the bottom of the Beech Avenue, which leads to Lanhydrock House through spectacular organic parkland. Turn right down the hill. This stretch is fantastic for wild garlic which flowers between April and June.


As you near the end of the road you will see horse chestnut trees on your left, a family favourite for conkers in September and October. Cross the road, heading through the red gates onto Station Drive. Walk past the building, Station Lodge, and take the track to the right. Go over the wooden footbridge back into Respryn car park.

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Respryn car park, grid ref: SX099636

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Lanhydrock Respryn ramble


The river path is well-surfaced and level for prams and wheelchair users. However, the lane is quite uneven and stony; there are also a couple of short slopes between the river path and Newton Lane.

Dogs are welcome but keep an eye on them near the livestock, which graze next to the river.

Lanhydrock Respryn ramble

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Lanhydrock Respryn ramble

How to get here

Respryn on the Lanhydrock estate, near Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 4AQ
By train

1 mile (1.6km) level walk from Bodmin Parkway.

By road

From A30 or A38 follow brown signs for National Trust Lanhydrock. Continue past the entrance to Lanhydrock’s main car park. At end of road, turn right down Respryn Hill. Respryn car park is on left just before Respryn Bridge.

By bus

Bus stop at Bodmin Parkway, then 15 to 20 minute walk.

Lanhydrock Respryn ramble

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but keep an eye on them near livestock