Garden explorer trail

Walking trail

The Lanhydrock garden is full of hidden details to discover, a glorious mix of history and nature come rain or shine.

A quick seeker's trail through the Lanhydrock garden

This walk follows the accessible route through the garden, on hard paths. Steps are optional but can be avoided.

Autumn butterfly at Lanhydrock


Lanhydrock OS garden trail map


Lanhydrock gatehouse


How hot is 'blood heat'? What is the hottest temperature the Lanhydrock thermometer can measure?

Lanhydrock's outdoor thermometer amongst the greenery


Can you find where Spot lived? What kind of animal do you think Spot was? Would you be comfortable living here?

Close-up picture of Lanhydrock stable door labelled 'Spot'


Can you find the oldest part of the house? How many years ago was this doorway carved? Can you think of anything that is older?

The date 1636 carved above the door to the shop


The parterre is laid out in very precise shapes. How many are there? Can you name them? Do you think the parterre is symmetrical?

The Lanhydrock parterre filled with summer flowers


Stop and look around you. How many colours can you see? Can you name them all?

Borlas's Stream


Where can you find the time and the seasons in the same place? Do you recognise any of the bronze flowers?

A close up shot of the brass sundial in Lanhydrock's higher garden


The Thatched Cottage had no running water. Can you imagine living with no taps, no bath and no shower? Can you find where the gardener collected his water from?

Picture of the fresh water spring in the Lanhydrock garden


One hundred years ago there was a glasshouse here in the higher garden. Can you work out where it used to stand?

1916 photo of the old glasshouse in Lanhydrock's higher garden


Lanhydrock gatehouse

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The walk takes in hard paths with both uphill and downhill inclines at a reasonable gradient. Please note that this walk includes stone steps up to the herbaceous circle, an alternative route is available. Tramper hire is available for the garden, please visit the cycle hire page for more information. 

There are many other routes at Lanhydrock for you to explore, including estate walks alongside the River Fowey and through the ancient woodland. Dogs on leads are welcome on the estate, but please be aware that livestock graze in the park. Dogs are not permitted in the garden, thank you.

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How to get here

Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD
By train

Bodmin Parkway Station is a 1.75 mile (2.8km) walk from the house via the original carriage-drive.

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. There is parking available in main car park and Respryn car park. Parking is free for NT members, £1 for an hour or £5 all day for non-members. 

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Facilities and access

  • Toilet facilities available at the Hub and the Stables courtyard
  • Park Cafe and Stables tea-room are both open. See opening times for more details.
  • Gift shop, bookshop and plant centre are open, see opening times for more details.
  • Tramper hire is available, please see the cycle hire page for more information.
  • PMVs are available to borrow from the house
  • Access buggy service is in operation every day, 11am-5.30pm