Lanhydrock swimming pool walk

Walking trail

This short, circular walk is a great way to see some of the estate's best features and can be used as a route between the house and the main car park. Spot wildlife in the Victorian swimming pool, take a casual stroll along Lady's walk and climb the medieval ha-ha before taking in sweeping views of the parkland and the Fowey valley.

A beautiful estate with ancient woodland and tranquil riverside paths

This walk contains some uneven terrain across the grass pasture and some moderate gradients. It involves steps down from the Ha-ha to the south park field as well as rough, stone tracks up toward the ranger's yard.

A view across the Victorian swimming pool at Lanhydrock


OS map of the swimming pool 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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View of the Lanhydrock gatehouse from the formal garden


Go through the unpainted gate to the left of the cattle grid and onto Garden Drive. Take the first path to your left; this is Lady's Walk. Continue downhill.

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Bluebells in the woodland at Lanhydrock


Eventually, Lady's Walk will come out into a small clearing where the path curves around to the right. Instead, walk in the direction of the field to the top of the boundary wall (known as a Ha-ha). Take the small set of wooden steps down and across the stream.

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Steps leading down from the Ha-ha into the field, Lanhydrock


Walk across the South Park field uphill towards Beech Avenue. From here you have views back up to the house on your left and across the Fowey valley to your right. Note: Part way across you will reach an electric fence, which helps control the livestock. It is safe to lift the red handle and replace it behind you.

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The view from the Ha-ha to the Duck Pond, Lanhydrock


Once you reach Beech Avenue, turn right and follow it downhill until you see an unpainted gate in the fence to your left. Go through the gate and into the Lower Park field. Walk down towards the copse of trees where you will find the Victorian swimming pool.

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Cows grazing amongst the trees on Lanhydrock's Beech Avenue


When you reach the copse of trees, go through the unpainted gate and follow the grass path. When you've finished exploring, there is a small gate to the left which will take you back out into the Lower Park. From here, continue uphill towards the track.

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The Victorian swimming pool at Lanhydrock


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 swimming pool walk


The walk down the drive and into Lady's Walk is on hard surface paths with a downhill incline. The walk takes in grass pastures with both uphill and downhill inclines at a reasonable gradient. The track up towards the Ranger's Yard is bumpy but manageable. Please note that this walk includes wooden steps down into the Ha-ha.

There are many other routes at Lanhydrock for you to explore, including 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. No dogs in the formal garden, thank you.

Lanhydrock swimming pool walk

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Lanhydrock swimming pool 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. 

Lanhydrock swimming pool 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