Explore Godolphin's countryside

Bluebell woods at Godolphin

With views stretching out across the rugged Cornish coast, the scenic countryside around Godolphin is a joy to explore.

Conservation grazing

Rough land grazing is the most sustainable form of scrubland management and essential for nature conservation. The current herd of Ruby Red Devons break down dominant species of scrub allowing new growth. The removal of the tougher scrub and reduction of the bracken growth also creates new wind patterns around the hill, which is especially beneficial for butterflies.
 

Conservation for butterflies

The hill is home to a growing population of small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies, a red data species. As scrub is removed, important food sources, such as the dog violet, are allowed to grow with more ease. Furthermore the wind patterns around the hill change allowing the butterflies to thrive. The butterfly is therefore a key indicator species for good conservation management.
 

50 things activities on the estate

  • Climb a big hill...
  • ...and roll down it again
  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Go barefoot
  • Dam a stream
  • Create some wild art
  • Go stargazing
  • Catch a falling leaf
  • Try birdwatching
  • Find your way with a map and compass
  • Track a wild animal
  • Climb a tree
 

Mining on the estate

Godolphin was quite literally built on top of the minerals that funded the estate. Around the edges of the hill lie the remains of many mine workings from the late 16th century onwards.
 

A giant argument

Local folklore suggests that the rock-strewn hilltops of Godolphin and Tregonning were the work of warring giants that stood on top of the hills and threw rocks at each other.
 

Archaeology

The archaeology on the estate is wide and varied and some features date back to the Bronze Age. Landscape changes started around the Iron Age and medieval field systems are still evident on the hill.
 

Day-to-day life on Godolphin's tenanted farm

Mark is a tenant farmer on the National Trust Godolphin estate in West Cornwall. Alongside his family, he has been farming at Godolphin since 2005. Working with the National Trust Godolphin property team, Mark shares the highs and lows of life on the farm.
 
Views across the wide estate

Things to see and do around Godolphin

At over 700 years old, the house at Godolphin is one of Cornwall's most spectacular, but head outside and there's even more to see and do.

The abandoned Great Works mine

A Cornish mining heritage

Several of the Trust's properties in West Cornwall are within a World Heritage Site, but what does this mean, and why does the area deserve this status?