Lanhydrock Parkland Walk

Walking trail

This moderate difficulty, circular walk is a great way to explore the ancient woodland and riverside paths as well as open parkland and beech avenue.

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.

Dog-friendly walking at Lanhydrock


OS map of Parkland Walk Lanhydrock


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.


Follow the path down the hill towards Lanhydrock House. Continue past the 17th-century gatehouse, towards the woodland.

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Cows grazing amongst the trees on Lanhydrock's Beech Avenue


Go through the wide, unpainted gate next to the cattle grid and continue straight ahead up Garden Drive. Keep going until the path forks ahead of you. Take the left-hand path into the woodland.

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Garden Drive heading up through the woodland garden at Lanhydrock


Follow the winding path through the woodland, until the path forks again. Take the right-hand fork.

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Heathers growing in the greenhouse at Lanhydrock plant nursery


Continue along the path as it curves through Great Wood. Eventually it reaches a junction with another path. Turn right and head downhill. Go though the gate and out onto the old Lostwithiel road. Turn right.

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A roe deer in the woodland at Hardcastle Crags


Follow the lane past the Cornish hedge steps, until you see a gate ahead of you. Take the curved path around the corner to your left and follow it downhill towards the river.

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Cornish hedge steps in the woods at Lanhydrock


Cross the little stream and take the gate on the left. Follow the path alongside the river and up the hill until you pass through the gate and reach the crossroads again. Turn right and follow the lane toward Newton Lodge.

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Bench overlooking River Fowey at Respryn, Lanhydrock


Walk until you can turn left through the gates by Newton Lodge. Carry on up the hill along Beech Avenue until you see a unpainted wooden gate in the fence on your right.

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Stone horse trough fed by a spring at Lanhydrock


Enter the gate and head across the field towards the Victorian swimming pool. The pool is located in a small copse of trees; you can choose to enter the wooden gate and explore, or you can follow the path as it curves around to the left and head up the field towards the track.

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Lanhydrock swimming pool Victorian photograph


Follow the track up hill, past the Ranger's yard and Regional Office buildings on your right. The tracks will lead you back to the reception building where you can head down toward the house and garden or enjoy some refreshments at the Park Café.

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Three veteran oak trees near the Ranger's Yard at Lanhydrock


Lanhydrock main visitor reception, grid ref: SX088636

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Lanhydrock Parkland Walk


Most of the walk is on hard surface paths, except the river walk alongside the River Fowey where the path is earth and may be softer and muddy underfoot if wet. The route also cuts across grass pasture towards the swimming pool and includes a rough, stony track up towards the Ranger's yard. Challenging but manageable with an off-road mobility vehicle.

There are many other routes at Lanhydrock for you to explore, including walks along the River Fowey at Respryn and further afield in our woodlands. 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 Parkland Walk

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Lanhydrock Parkland Walk

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. Parking is free for NT members, £1 for an hour or £5 all day for non-members.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 passes the estate boundary.

Lanhydrock Parkland Walk

Facilities and access

  • Free car 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