lanhydrock respryn

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Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble
Respryn on the Lanhydrock estate, near Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 4AQ: (Directions)

Just under an hour away from us here at Bowerland, why not take a stroll around the Lanhydrock estate, which is rich in history and wildlife. The walk takes in amazing scenery along the River Fowey and through semi-natural ancient woodland on the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate.

Woodland walks among rare trees and flowering shrubs make Lanhydrock worth visiting all year round. Enjoy the autumn trees in their finery. And in winter cozy up alongside the cafe’s log burner and enjoy a cup of something hot.

  • Start and finish this circular walk from Respryn car park. 
  • Take the track and footbridge next to the car park entrance, then turn left over Respryn Bridge.
  • Turn right through the kissing gate and follow either of the two footpaths down the river.
  • As the two paths meet, continue down to the river and admire the magnificent old oak trees.
  • Look out for dippers, wagtails and the more elusive kingfishers and otters enjoying the River Fowey.
  • Cross the wooden footbridge —Kathleen Bridge— that was rebuilt in 1992 by the Royal Engineers. The previous bridge was swept away by floods.
  • You’ve now reached Higginsmoor Wood which is semi-natural ancient woodland. 
  • Turn right up the hill.
  • Go through the first red gate and turn right along Newton Lane.
  • At the end of Newton Lane you’ll find yourself at the bottom of the Beech Avenue, which leads to Lanhydrock House.
  • Turn right down the hill. This stretch is fantastic for wild garlic which flowers between April and June.
  • As you near the end of the road you will see horse chestnut trees on your left.
  • Cross the road, heading through the red gates onto Station Drive.
  • Walk past the building, Station Lodge, and take the track to the right.
  • Go over the wooden footbridge back into Respryn car park.

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