Lanhydrock Deer Wall Walk

Walking trail

From the modern to the medieval, this longer, more challenging walk is the best way to take in the wider Lanhydrock estate. See the marks generations have left on the estate from the medieval deer wall to the more recent tin streaming remains and quarry. Walk alongside the river before gently climbing to admire the view over the Fowey valley.

A beautiful estate with ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths

This walk contains some uneven terrain and a moderate gradient. It is suitable for off-road mobility vehicles and great for dog walkers (we advise keeping dogs on leads when crossing roads).

Red autumnal leaves on the deer walk at Lanhydrock


OS Map of Deer Wall Walk at Lanhydrock


Main car park, near the cycle trails. Grid Ref: SX088644


Begin your walk by leaving the main car park and heading towards the woodland and the cycle trails. Keeping the skills area to your right, follow the path until you reach the road.

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Lanhydrock woodland path leading past the cycle skills area


Cross the road (check both ways for traffic) and follow the path to the gravel clearing. This is the starting point for several of the cycle trails. Take the path to your right.

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Woodland path through Roundhill Plantation, Lanhydrock


Follow the path until you reach another, smaller road. Cross the road and rejoin the path ahead, which leads you into Hart Wood. As you walk, you can catch glimpses of the original Deer Park wall.

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View of pine trees from the path through Hart Wood, Lanhydrock


At the end of Hart Wood, you will reach an unpainted gate. Go through the gate, cross the road towards the left (check both ways for traffic) and enter the red fisherman's gate. You are now on Station Drive which the family used to access Bodmin Parkway railway station. Turn right.

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Amongst the trees along station drive, Lanhydrock


You will now be walking in the direction of Lanhydrock house, with cattle pasture to your left. When you reach Station Lodge, go through the red pedestrian gate onto the road and turn left. Cross Respryn Bridge ahead of you. When you leave the bridge, take the first footpath on your right.

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View over Respryn Bridge from under the trees, Lanhydrock


The path now runs alongside the River Fowey to your right. Continue through the woods until you reach the wooden Kathleen Bridge and cross back over the river. Take the path to your left; this will take you through Higginsmoor Wood.

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View of the River Fowey from Kathleen Bridge, Lanhydrock


As you walk uphill, the path will fork; take the straight path ahead of you, not the curved path to the right. When you reach the top, turn left through an unpainted gate and follow the track uphill towards Maudlin Wood. Soon you will see Jacob's Quarry to your right.

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View of Jacob's Quarry, Maudlin Wood, Lanhydrock


Continue uphill until the path reaches a junction with a wooden signpost ahead of you. Turn right. This path leads you back toward Lanhydrock House with beautiful views across the valley and the old kitchen garden.

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Section of the old deer wall in Maudlin Wood at Lanhydrock


From here the path continues behind Garden Cottage and the old Lanhydrock kitchen garden, which is now the plant nursery on your right. Continue as the path curves left and heads downhill along Garden Drive towards Lanhydrock House.

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Black & white photograph of walled kitchen garden, Lanhydrock


At the bottom of Garden Drive, go through the unpainted gate and follow the drive to your right as it curves around the wall of the formal garden, past the gatehouse on your left and up the hill towards the Reception building. Beyond Reception is the Hub, where you can stop for refreshments in the Park Café before completing your walk at the main car park.

Cattle grazing in the Lanhydrock parkland


Main car park, near the cycle trails. Grid Ref: SX088644

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Lanhydrock Deer Wall Walk


Most of the walk is on hard surface paths, except the river walk alongside the River Fowey and through Higginsmoor Wood where the path is earth and may be softer underfoot if wet. The track up towards Jacob's Quarry and Maudlin Wood is bumpy but manageable.

There are many other routes at Lanhydrock for you to explore, including walks through the grassy parkland. Dogs on leads are welcome on the estate, but please be aware that livestock graze in the park. No dogs in the formal garden, thank you.

Lanhydrock Deer Wall Walk

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Lanhydrock Deer Wall 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 is free for NT members, £1 for an hour, £5 all day for non-members.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 passes the estate boundary.

Lanhydrock Deer Wall Walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking for National Trust Members
  • £1 for an hour or £5 all day for non-members
  • Toilet facilities open at the Hub, opposite Park Cafe and in the Stables courtyard