The first really chilly day of autumn at Lanhydrock and the leaves on the beech trees of The Avenue at Lanhydrock National Trust estate had turned to a rich burnished brown and gold forming a deep carpet on the crisp ground.
The old sycamore and beach trees line The Avenue, leading from the Gatehouse of Lanhydrock and form part of The River Walk a 2 mile circular route capturing ancient woodland and habitats for moss & lichen, flowers & fungi, beetles, bats & birds. Listen out for woodpeckers and look out for kingfishers down on the River Fowey as you walk over Respryn Bridge, a small pretty five arch early crossing, with parts of this bridge dating back to 15th century.
The house itself was built during the early 17th Century by the Robartes family and remodelled after a fire in 1881. Today it is a house with one of the longest tours within the National Trust and is a fascinating snapshot of life at the turn of the century before the 1914-18 war. Rooms are presented as they would have been furnished with an and an intimate sense of life and work at this time above and below stairs is a truly interesting experience.
Its our favourite house in Cornwall and is well worth the time to spend a day walking and enjoying the history just a few miles from The Sail LoftStudio, Looe