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South Drive and East Lodge at Tehidy

The entrance pillars, which display the Basset crests, welcome you to the most popular area of Tehidy Country Park. The toilets, cafe and visitor centre are here after a short accessible walk from the car park.

Directions on how to get to south drive, tehidy country park.

The lakes of the Basset Estate are a wildlife haven and home to a variety of ducks and swans, fish, eels and other wildlife such as birds and dragonflies.

The main lake, which was artificially created, can be seen on maps dating back to 1737 when there was a large sweeping lawn leading from the mansion to the water’s edge.

Follow the Tehidy stream along the cascades and through the dappled shade of Beach wood to arrive at Otter Bridge. From here you can explore the peaceful paths of Oak Woods or move into the North Cliffs area by going up Kennels Hill.

The Tehidy stream flows alongside West Drive and joins the Red River at Coombe. From here it flows into the sea at Godrevy Point. The Bassets used to row their boat along the stream to the sea.

East Lodge was built in 1792 at the same time as the South Drive Lodge. The golf course was previously the Basset’s deer park and every Sunday the family would travel to Illogan church across the park in their carriage. Servants would follow along Pine Walk and past East Lodge. Walking through East Lodge and along Pine walk is like walking through history. Originally one of the main driveways into the Basset’s Mansion, many of the mature trees you can see today were part of the original planting.

The Yew trees are some of the oldest trees in the wood. One tree is thought to be at least 400 years old. Watch out for some fine specimens along the blue trail.

Don’t miss the café for a well-earned break at the end of your walk!