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Family exploring the cycle trails at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Family exploring the cycle trails at Lanhydrock, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Lanhydrock Parkland walk

This moderate circular walk is a great way to explore Lanhydrock's ancient woodland and riverside paths, as well as open parkland and the Beech Avenue. The estate's organic parkland near Bodmin is full of traditional grassland flowers, bluebell woods in late spring, ancient trees, fascinating fungi and wildlife.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Lanhydrock main visitor reception, grid ref: SX088636

Step 1

Leave the main car park and follow the signs for Lanhydrock House, crossing the road and entering the park by the reception building.

Step 2

Follow the path down the hill towards Lanhydrock House. Continue past the 17th-century gatehouse, towards the woodland.

Avenue of beech trees at Lanhydrock in Cornwall
How the double avenue looks today | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Step 3

Go through the wide, unpainted gate next to the cattle grid and continue straight ahead up Garden Drive. Keep going until the path forks ahead of you. Take the left-hand path into the woodland.

A broad gravel drive bordered by large rhododendrons, some just finishing flowering in pink
The Garden Drive at Lanhydrock | © National Trust/Laura Fox

Step 4

Follow the winding path through the woodland, until the path forks again. Take the right-hand fork.

Step 5

Continue along the path as it curves through Great Wood. Eventually it reaches a junction with another path. Turn right and head downhill. Go though the gate and out onto the old Lostwithiel road. Turn right.

Step 6

Follow the lane past the Cornish hedge steps, until you see a gate ahead of you. Take the curved path around the corner to your left and follow it downhill towards the river.

A stone-faced Cornish hedge in green woodland, with stone steps set into its side
Pass these steps as you continue along the lane | © National Trust/Laura Fox

Step 7

Cross the little stream and take the gate on the left. Follow the path alongside the river and up the hill until you pass through the gate and reach the crossroads again. Turn right and follow the lane towards Newton Lodge.

A low wooden bench looks out over a broad river, surrounded by oaks and other trees in leaf
A tranquil spot on the River Fowey at Lanhydrock | © National Trust/Laura Fox

Step 8

Walk until you can turn left through the gates by Newton Lodge. Carry on up the hill along the Beech Avenue until you see an unpainted wooden gate in the fence on your right.

A stone arch within a wall covered in green climbing plants, with a stone trough filling with water from a pipe
Trough at Lanhydrock, thought to have been installed for horses in the 18th century | © National Trust/Laura Fox

Step 9

Enter the gate and head across the field towards the Victorian swimming pool. The pool is located in a small copse. You can choose to enter through the wooden gate and explore, or you can follow the path as it curves around to the left and head up the field towards the track.

Sepia photo of a swimming pool with diving boards and changing room building, two people out of the water and one person swimming
Family photo of the Lanhydrock swimming pool c.1910. Someone is just visible in the water. | © National Trust Collection

Step 10

Follow the track uphill, past the ranger's yard and office buildings on your right. The tracks will lead you back to the reception building, where you can head down towards the house and garden or enjoy some refreshments at the Park Café.

End point

Lanhydrock main visitor reception, grid ref: SX088636

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Lanhydrock Parkland walk
Map of the Lanhydrock Parkland walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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