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Lanhydrock is home to many veteran trees | © National Trust/Laura Fox
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Lanhydrock Great Wood and Beech Avenue walk

This gentle circular walk is a great introduction to the mature, mixed woodland and historic parkland of the Lanhydrock Estate. Spot different trees in the Great Wood and the wildlife that calls them home, then finish your walk heading up the striking double avenue of beeches that leads to the house.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Lanhydrock main car park, grid ref: SX086641

Step 1

Leave the main car park and follow the signs for Lanhydrock House. Cross the road and enter the parkland via the octagonal reception building.

Step 2

Follow the path down the hill towards Lanhydrock House. Continue past the 17th-century gatehouse. The parkland that surrounds you is managed for nature conservation, helping to increase wildlife and species diversity.

The gatehouse with the drive leading to the house beyond at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Gatehouse and house at Lanhydrock | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Step 3

Go through the wide, unpainted gate next to the cattle grid and turn left. This path along the edge of Great Wood is known as Lady's Walk. To the left of Lady's Walk you can see the ha-ha, a vertical wall alongside a stream. The ha-ha prevented the grazing stock from getting into the woodland, without interrupting the view from the house.

Step 4

Follow Lady's Walk down the edge of Great Wood until you reach a red gate onto Newton Lane. Turn left here and continue past the privately owned cottages.

Step 5

Turn left through the gates by Newton Lodge and onto the Beech Avenue. This impressive gateway, marked with the initials of John and Lucy Robartes, is dated 1657.

A stone lodge with windows, next to two burgundy-painted gates, leading to a beech avenue
Newton Lodge at the end of the Beech Avenue | © National Trust Images/Rupert Truman

Step 6

At the top of the Beech Avenue, turn right and follow the drive back up through the parkland to the main car park.

Autumnal view up a long, straight drive, lined by beech trees, to a stone gatehouse, lit by low sun with a blue sky
Looking up the Beech Avenue to the gatehouse | © National Trust Images/Hilary Daniel

End point

Lanhydrock main car park, grid ref: SX086641

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Lanhydrock Great Wood and Beech Avenue walk
Map of the Lanhydrock Great Wood and Beech Avenue walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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