Welcome to Lethytep, a secluded haven for wildlife and our home in Cornwall. We are Philip and Faith Hambly, and since retirement we have transformed 52 acres of meadows, lakes and ancient woodland into habitats that we manage for wildlife.
We have been recording the flora and fauna of Lethytep for several years, and to date our records show 24 butterfly species, over 100 bird species and over 200 species of plant. One of the most spectacular sights are the thousands of Southern Marsh Orchids which flower from late May to early June.
|Although Lethytep is not open to the general public, we love to share it with others, for study and enjoyment. For the wildlife enthusiast, or someone who simply enjoys a peaceful stroll in unspoilt countryside, you are welcome to visit Lethytep either on our advertised Open Days or by prior booking on a group basis.
This film was commissioned by CoaST as part of the Reboot Environmental Growth programme and was filmed and produced by Nina Constable Media. CoaST would like to thank Philip and Faith for their hospitality and vision.
Planning your visit
We do not charge for admission or hospitality, because we are neither a charity nor a commercial venture. We do, however, invite visitors to donate to Charity. The optimum time to enjoy the flower meadows is from mid-May to mid-July.
There is reasonably level access along winding paths to many parts of Lethytep. The 'circular walk' is approximately 1 mile long. We recommend the kind of sensible footwear that you’d use for a walk in the country. If you have special access requirements, you are advised to discuss these with us before your visit.
Depending on the weather and your own timetable, two to three hours at Lethytep will allow you to get the most out of your visit; but if you can only spend an hour, it will still be worthwhile. Because of the fragility of some of the habitats, we regret that we do not allow dogs on site. There is a loo and space to park your car. For more information, see our Events page.
The photographs on this website are protected by copyright. They have all been taken at Lethytep by Philip Hambly.