Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble

Walking trail

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.

Respryn car park is open

From Monday 14 September, Respryn car park will be open to visitors. Charges apply, £1 for an hour or £5 all day. Parking free for National Trust members. Please note the Pay & Display machines are unable to take coins. Payment via phone call or app.

Lanhydrock Respryn bridge

Map

Map route for Respryn ramble

Start:

Respryn car park, grid ref: SX099636

1

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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Lanhydrock Respryn bridge

2

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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Spot a Kingfisher at The Argory

3

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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View of the River Fowey from Kathleen Bridge, Lanhydrock

4

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.

Section of the old deer wall in Maudlin Wood at Lanhydrock

5

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.

6

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

Lanhydrock estate, Cornwall

7

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.

Red painted gates with granite posts at Newton Lodge, Lanhydrock

8

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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Amongst the trees along station drive, Lanhydrock

End:

Respryn car park, grid ref: SX099636

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Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble

Terrain

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

Contact us

Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble

How to get here

Address
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