Rivers and carriageways walk

Walking trail

A simple, scenic walk from Respryn car park, taking in the fantastic scenery along the River Fowey and the old carriageway.

Explore Lanhydrock's expansive estate

Look out for the great variety of trees here, including giant redwood, coastal redwoods, and Douglas fir. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Waterside Walk', 'Historical Footsteps', 'Flora and Fauna'.

Girl stomping in mud in woodland on winter's day


Map route for rivers and carriageways walk


Respryn car park, grid ref: SX099636


Leave Respryn car park through the small gate next to the river, in the top right corner of the car park. Follow the track up river, through the grass.

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Go over the stepping stones and through the kissing gate, still following the river. Every year staff and volunteers from the Lanhydrock estate team clear Himalayan balsam from the river edge. This plant is very invasive, producing hundreds of seeds per plant which suppresses the growth of native species.

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Enjoy a seat next to the river, looking out for dippers, wagtails, kingfishers and otters.

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Go over the narrow wooden footbridge and continue going straight ahead, following the river. This will take you over a few more footbridges. To your left you'll see the ongoing work to remove Rhododendron ponticum and laurel from the area. These invasive plants have grown so wild they take all the light from the other plant species, and prevent views across the river.


Go up the bank and turn left onto Station Drive, the ornamental carriageway created by the Robartes family in 1864. There are fantastic specimens of conifer species along this carriageway, including giant and coastal redwoods, Douglas fir and Monterey pine. Patches of Rhododendron ponticum have been cleared so you can see the ornate displays of primroses, foxgloves, bluebells and green alkanet. A few small rhododendrons have also been planted along the carriageway to replace the Rhododendron ponticum and create a gorgeous mixed colour display of flowers in the spring.


Can you see the thick spongy bark of the giant redwood? This bark protects the tree from forest fires in its native home of North America. As you turn left and onto the footbridge, head back into Respryn car park.

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Respryn car park, grid ref: SX099636

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Rivers and carriageways walk


This is a level walk. The first section along the river is across grass and rough tracks with tree roots, stepping stones and narrow pedestrian bridges. Station Drive has a smooth level surface which is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep a close eye on them especially near livestock.

Rivers and carriageways walk

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Rivers and carriageways walk

How to get here

Respryn, Lanhydrock, nr 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.

Rivers and carriageways walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but keep an eye on them near the livestock