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Outdoor activities at Lanhydrock

Family cycle trail
There are various cycling trails to suit different abilities | © NTI/James Dobson

The Lanhydrock estate in Cornwall offers a range of outdoor activities for you to take part in during your visit. Whether you love cycling, horse riding, fishing or running, you'll find everything you need to know on this page.


Cycle hire

Currently open at weekends only from 1st November until 29th February

Open every day for the Christmas Holidays - Monday 18th December until Monday 1st January and for February half-term - Monday 12th February to Sunday 28th February.

If you are planning on hiring bikes, we request that you book in advance. Whilst we may have availability on the day, we would suggest booking to ensure you get the bikes you would like.

To book your bikes, please email us at, stating the preferred date and time of your ride, a contact telephone number and the height of each rider, or just the ages of riders if they are 10 and younger, also state whether you need a trailer, tag-along or child seat.

Bikes must be returned 15 minutes before the Cycle Hire closes.

Hire fees

Adult bike – £20

Child bike – £14

Balance bike – £8

Adult bike and attachment (child seat, tag-along or trailer) – £29

Attachment (fitted to your own bike, restrictions apply) – £18

Recumbent Trike (16 and over) - £18

Hire Fleet

Adult's Bikes

Whyte 603 (extra large, large, medium, small) and Whyte 604 (extra small). All adult's bikes have 27.5" wheels.

Child's Bikes

Whyte 302 (24" wheel)

Specialized Hotrock (20" wheel)

Frog 48 (16" wheel)

Balance Bikes

Specialized Hotwalk (16" and 12" wheel)

Recumbent Trikes

Ice Trike Adventure HD. Suitable for adults between the heights of 5'2" to 6'6" (158cm to 198cm). For 16 years and older. For use on the Lodge Trail (green graded trail) and the easier blue graded trails. These are not mountain trikes, they are aimed towards leisure riding. Only two available, so book to avoid disappointment.

Bike Repairs and Maintenance

Our Cycle Hire team are qualified mechanics. We have a fully stocked workshop and we can fix virtually anything. Pop your bike in for a free assessment and we can give you a quote for the repair while you wait. Alternatively, give us a call on 01208 265975 or email to get your bike booked in. Sometimes unavailable during peak season.

Mountain Bike Coaching

Want to improve your mounatin biking skills? At the Cycle Hire, we can boost your confidence and skills on the bike, meaning you will be able to ride safer, quicker and more comfortably. Sessions are three hours in length and start at £80 for one rider, with each additonal riders being an extra £20 each. Maximum eight riders per session and we can coach any skill or technique that you would like to learn. Please allow one week's notice for bookings. Email to book, or if you have any questions. Sometimes unavailable during peak season.

Cycle Trails

No booking is necessary, and it is free to use the cycle trails at Lanhydrock, but normal car parking charges apply (£1.50 for an hour, £6 all day or free for National Trust members).

Bikes only

Walkers and dogs are not allowed on the cycle trails, as they are designed for riding at speed.

Skills area and balance bike track

The skills area is the perfect place to start your off-road adventure at Lanhydrock. Practise your skills over rollers and jumps, banked corners and drops. These features have been designed to accurately portray the obstacles you’ll encounter on our Blue and Red trails.

Designed for those riding on smaller wheels, the balance bike track is a small loop with gentle bumps and corners – ideal for getting little ones used to riding on uneven terrain.

Green trail (easy)

Lodge trail – 1.5 miles (2.5km). Designed for families and beginners, this gentle ride will take you through a mix of English woodland and conifer trees on the Lanhydrock estate. The cycle trail is wide, well surfaced and has no challenging technical features. This trail is also suitable for trailers, tag-alongs and disability bikes.

Blue trails (moderate)

Bazley's trail – 1.8 miles (3km). Bazley’s trail is the first step into mountain biking, as it introduces gentle gradients, small rollers and banked corners. The trail features a shortcut and links with the Green trail, so you can dip in and out as you build your skills on uneven terrain.

Walter's trail – 0.6 miles (1km). The first of the moderate Blue trails, Walter’s trail winds down and back up through the woods of Walter’s Plantation. With switchback corners cascading riders across the hillside, and some rollable jumps along the straights, it provides a stepping stone to Lanhydrock’s more technical trails. At two metres in width, the trail is also an ideal start for people with adaptive mountain bikes looking for more of a challenge.

Hart trail – 0.9 miles (1.5km). Now two metres wide, the Hart Trail is the perfect transition between Walter’s trail and Timber trail. The Hart trail offers a mix of quicker, flowing banked corners leading to a fast-paced section of linked turns before the finish.

Timber trail – 0.9 miles (1.5km). Featuring more challenging corners, jumps and drops, Timber trail is Lanhydrock’s most technical trail. As the trail progresses, corners get tighter and gradients get steeper, providing a test for even the most competent of mountain bikers.

Red trail (difficult)

The Saw Pit – 0.3 miles (500m). The Saw Pit is a dual-slalom race track, featuring tightly packed rollers, jumps and banked corners. The trail features two tracks running side by side downhill, giving you the opportunity to race friends and family.

You can also download a map showing Lanhydrock's cycle trails.

A fisherman fly fishing in the East Lyn river at Watersmeet, Devon
A permit is required to fish at Lanhydrock | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey


Salmon, sea trout and brown trout can all be found in the River Fowey that runs through the estate. Permits are required to fish here: annual, weekly and daily permits can be purchased from the Lanhydrock Angling Association website.

For more information about fishing here, contact

Please note that if you're an annual permit holder parking at Respryn, you'll need to display your pass in the windscreen.

Horse riding

Horse riders are welcome to enjoy the countryside around Lanhydrock. You'll need a permit, which are issued annually and are valid from 1 April – 31 March. The fee is £25 per year for adults or £35 for an adult/child combined licence.

Applicants must provide evidence of public liability insurance. For an application form, please email the Lanhydrock property office at

Lanhydrock Parkrun

A free 5km event for runners of all standards, Lanhydrock Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. It's not a race against other runners but a timed run, and can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's a fun pastime or part of a training plan.

Taking part is easy: register before your first-ever Parkrun, then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there.

The course

The run is entirely on trail paths, and begins in front of the house, down the driveway from the main entrance. You can see a map of the route and find out more here.

Tramper hire

Countryside trampers can be hired for use around the Lanhydrock estate. Countryside Mobility membership fees apply. For more details, visit the Countryside Mobility website.

You can find the recommended tramper routes here.

A visitor horse riding through a wooded glade at Killerton, Devon
Horse riding is one of the activities available on the Lanhydrock estate | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
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