A Country Kids Post: Climbing Trees and having fun at Lanhydrock


Lanhydrock is an elegant Victorian country home owned by the National Trust here in North Cornwall.  This is our go-to place when we have visitors.  They have a lovely garden and of course the stately home is well worth a visit too.


In the spring time, around April – May, I like to go and see the lovely bluebells scattered all over the pretty gardens of Lanhydrock.  It was too early for that, when we visited last Sunday and was struck with the changes since we last went.  They seemed to have had a major renovation of their grounds, a bike trail and another cafe near the parking lot had been newly erected and also a fun play-ground which wasn’t there when we last visited.

Before we even got to the house, the children spied this enormous tree and all ran up to it and quickly climbed the tree with its huge branches and roots on the ground.

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As you can see, little T and her friends had a lovely time climbing up and down the branches like little monkeys.  Poor Doc had to watch all the fun happening around him while tied to one of the branches.


He wasn’t a happy dog.  He wanted to play with the kids, but sadly, dogs aren’t allowed to go off leash on the grounds.


After a while, we finally convinced the kids to leave their beloved tree and go and explore the rooms in the big mansion since they haven’t been inside it yet.  T led the way since she’s been to it a dozen a times already.

We went inside the house while T’s dad walked the poor Doc around the grounds, to make up for having to watch all the fun while tied to a branch.

Once we were done in the house, the kids of course wanted to play in the new playground near the parking lot.


After a little picnic, it was time to go home because Doc wasn’t too happy tied to a fence watching everyone have fun except him.


Doc has perfected his “Disney Dog look” making people stop to pet him.  He loved all the attention he got from people passing by.

I used to love climbing trees when I was a child.

Do you have memories of climbing trees when you were little?

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  1. What a lovely park. I’ve never been any good at climbing trees … I get scared even a couple of feet off the ground!

    • I’ve always loved climbing trees as a child 🙂 But I can understand why it might make you nervous.

  2. I love National Trust properties – there’s always so much to do there as well. I can’t remember the last time I climbed a tree though, and my daughter is at the stage where she likes manageable climbing but ideally with me holding her hand, so I don’t think she’ll be scrambling into the branches just yet!

    • Same here, also the English heritage ones. Soon your daughter will love climbing trees too 😉 x

  3. What an absolutely EPIC tree!!! Also, I am from Yorkshire but have been living in Dubai for the last four years – I love the sandpit, but gosh, this post gave me a major yearning for a bit of greenery – I miss the countryside!! Looks like you all had a fab time 🙂

    • It certainly is huge! Dubai? Ugh, I’m envious. I’ll exchange the cold and grey for some heat and sun anytime 😉 x

  4. This makes me pine for another holiday in Cornwall. The South West is my favourite part of the country but we’ve never taken the boys as it’s such a long drive, but I think I’ll add it the 2017 list.

    • Great idea Mark. Not sure which part of England is my favourite … could be the Lake district because it’s so different from Cornwall.

  5. What a lovely place. I think its important for children to get use to being outdoors and having lots of fun.

  6. You’ve got a lovely ‘go to’ place for when you have visitors! The kids look like they’re having a great time. I was never a tree-climber myself, far too much of a scaredy-cat! Sabrina xx

  7. It looks really lovely there, and it looks like the kids all had a wonderful time. I do love going to National Trust places, we have a few near us.

    But I just can’t help feeling so sorry for little Doc!! xx

    • I know. Me too, that’s why we actually didn’t stay that long because Poor Doc wasn’t able to join in the fun. x

  8. What a beautiful building. The National Trust has some absolute gems, and often with a playground too for the little ones. Fabulous.

    • Yes, they definitely have gems. That’s why I’m glad we’re members of the National Trust, easy to just have a day out in one of their properties.

    • Same here. I used to enjoy climbing trees with my cousins when I was a child. x

  9. I love national trust places we are members and this looks amazing. Poor doc i want to pet him too 🙂

  10. Doc looks desperate to join in all the fun. Looks like you had s fantastic day out. All the pics are gorgeous. You know what I don’t think I can remember climbing trees when I was younger.

  11. Awww this look fab we are members of the national Trust and I want to try and get to see lots of places this Summer. I love how kids get obsessed with tree climbing Monkey is the same. And the playground looks really good. Poor Doc he does look miserable! xx

    • Same here, also members of the National Trust and English Heritage. They’re just so handy to have especially when you have little ones to entertain 😉 x

  12. Our school used to have a huge fallen tree at the bottom of a field that the kids played on. I loved that tree. You’ve brought those memories back!

    • Those are lovely memories. I have memories too of climbing trees with my cousins 🙂

  13. It’s so nice to see children still climb trees. I read a study the other day and 75% of kids had NEVER climbed a tree. That is so sad.

    • Oh my goodness, that is sad! I’m just glad my little girl knows what it’s like to climb trees 🙂

  14. I have many fond memories of tree climbing. Sadly we don’t live near a forest anymore so there are fewer opportunities for my children to do the same. Doc is very patient, but I’m sure he enjoyed all the attention while he waited 🙂 #countrykids

    • We’re lucky there are many National Trust properties around where we live with lots of trees for T to climb with her friends. x

  15. Lahydrock is great for family days out. I often recommend it to families staying with us as you can enjoy a great time there as non members just using the car park and the park for free. My favourite time to visit is when all the Rhododendrons are out, but to be fair any dry day is good. I bet they have an Easter Egg trail going on this weekend too. I’m sure my kids have enjoyed playing on that same tree, it just calls out to be climbed all over. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • They do have an Easter Egg hunt, but we might go to Antony again this year. Have a lovely Easter. xx

  16. Looks like a fabulous day out. Mine love to climb trees and I am always having kittens watching them. We also have the sand pulley things at a local park, they spend hours playing with them

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    Wow, those knarly trees look like a fab climbing place. I don’t think I ever climbed trees as a child, too cautious! 🙂

    • Doesn’t the weather always look bleak here in England? 😉 My daughter and her friends had so much fun climbing up that tree 🙂

  18. That looks like such a beautiful house, and what an amazing tree! I was never a huge tree climber, but there was one amazing old pine tree at my Grandparents house that I could climb up, inside the branches, and sit with a book, hidden 🙂 Glad Doc enjoyed all the attention!
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    • Wow, that tree sounds fantastic. Love the idea of reading up on a tree. I did climb trees when I was a kid, but I’ve never read a book up there. Wish I had!

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