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Explore the wider estate on the Lanhydrock Deer Wall walk | © NTI/John Millar

Lanhydrock Deer Wall walk

From the modern to the medieval, this longer, fairly 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.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Main car park, Lanhydrock, grid ref: SX088644

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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 gate. You are now on Station Drive which the family used to access Bodmin Parkway railway station. Turn right.

Step 5

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.

A pale stone bridge with one arch visible, over a wide, slow-running river, surrounded by green trees
Respryn Bridge over the River Fowey on the Lanhydrock Estate | © National Trust/Sue Brackenbury

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.

An old deer wall covered in moss and ferns, surrounded by trees in leaf
The old deer wall in the woodland at Lanhydrock | © National Trust/Laura Fox

Step 9

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.

Step 10

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 visitor reception building. Beyond visitor reception is the Hub, where you can stop for refreshments in the Park Café before completing your walk at the main car park.

End point

Main car park, Lanhydrock, grid ref: SX088644

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Lanhydrock Deer Wall walk, Cornwall
Lanhydrock Deer Wall walk, Cornwall | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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