Explore Popular UK Trails in Parks and Gardens - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Parklands and gardens might sound like overly manicured spaces in principle, but actually they provide a wonderful walking environment. With historic parklands you will be able to marvel at the skills of parkland designers of the past, such as Lancelot Capability Brown, who had amazing talent in transforming unremarkable countryside into stunning landscapes with enticing vistas. Many of these designed landscapes have beautiful features to discover as you explore the sites, from towering specimen trees to tranquil lakes, herds of deer to herbaceous borders, and thought-provoking sculptures to impressive fountains and follies. Many of the parkland and garden walks are more accessible than an average countryside walk, usually with no stiles or awkward obstacles and with well-maintained paths. These trails will take you on a guided tour of each of the parks, discovering all the key hidden gems and explaining the relevant history along the way. Which one will you visit this summer?

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Lovely walk through woodland, grassy paths and quiet roads. Lots of points of interest - Windsor castle, statues, ancient woodland and wildlife. Enjoyed seeing the London skyline in the distance. Both car parks just off the A332 - free parking and spaces avail on a Saturday afternoon.

great circular route. There is a free carpark 2 bridges down on the middlewood way, about 300m from the suggested start point.

walking
28 days ago

A pleasant enough walk but being a lover of Richmond Park I know it has much more to offer than this walk incorporates. Also probably too many paths near roads for dog walkers.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Lovely walk of the park, very little shade so would avoid in hot sunny weather, if we were to do it again. Great views of the castle and different aspects of the park. Amazing to think you are surrounded by dense populated areas outside the park, but you can be inside with nature and see very few people - amazing. We think the route was a little more than 8k more like 10 according to our recording tech, still fab walk or off road running trail. Would recommend.

I enjoyed it

Lovely easy walk with a few up hills, I extended mine slightly at the end after leaving Lyme Park, would definitely do it again! The park was lovely & busy with families (first week of summer holidays) & the views of Manchester were lovely!

Nice walk, the only thing you need to be mindful of is the car park suggested is closed during the week and only open weekends, there are other car parks available further down, you just need to adjust your walk accordingly.

Nice short walk, good for dogs, some areas they need to be on lead. Busy around the village area, quite in patches on the walk. Really enjoyed it.

Great walk with a few attractions, old ruins, waterfalls and fountain. It has a few steep places to climb so not just a flat promenade. The dog loved it as well.

Done this many a time. Always fun and plenty to see along the way.

good walk, can be muddy when wet.

hiking
off trail
private property
rocky
4 months ago

Our first trail using the app, myself and my two kids did it (4 and 6 years old). Maybe a bit more challenging for their first one, but I really enjoyed it. Well described, and a good work out. Managed to get back into Masham to sample a beer at Theakstons Brewery, so a great afternoon!

A walk in the park literally!! All flat ,mixture of grass and concrete walking ,very easy !

Great walk. pity about rain.

nice little couple of hours walk around the lake. parking a bit steep at £10 ok for once a year I suppose

lovely walk

Easy walk around the best bits of the country park. Nice to take in birdwatching, the marina and river, a great play area for children and a cafe for a drink at the end and FREE parking as well.

Beautiful park and you're pretty much bound to see some deer. Only small quibble is I'm not sure why the last bit goes via the roads. Isn't there a path back through the woods?

Great walk, loads to do and some fantastic views. Loads of good muddy puddles, streams to race sticks in and we even built a sandcastle. The steps are very steep and provide a pretty good workout for the thighs!

As NT members we were able to park in Lyme Park and start the walk from there. The walk guide was clear enough for us to do this. Must admit we were shocked at the cost of parking for non-NT members. Anyway fantastic walk with great views. Thank you.

No shade so not good for hot day

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Absolutely amazing walk. loved every bit of it. The car park now charges 80p £2.00 or £2.50 depending on how long you park for. The walk took around 2 hours as a guide. Thanks for the walk details. The GPS is perfect. ADMIN RESPONSE: So pleased you enjoyed the walk and thank you for letting us know about the new car park fees.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Great walk with the dog - easy to follow directions and not too strenuous - great views and so much to see. I've worked in the area for several years now and didn't realise how much there is to see in the Great Park and all for free. I agree about trying the walk in reverse so the coffee shop is at the end. Thank you.

An excellent walk, very interesting and lots to see

Really enjoyed this walk and so did Daisy the dog. The views from various points on the walk give you a new perspective on the castle and the Copper Horse. If anything I think it would be a better route in reverse. Here's why. 1. The view from the Copper Horse would come earlier in the walk and provide a spur to go on for the less willing. 2. There is more and better parking at the Ranger's Gate than there is at the Cranbourne Gate so I'd suggest that as the start and end point. 3. The Post Office would then come towards the end of the walk and provide a suitable reward for your efforts. Not a criticism by any measure, just an observation. Great walk for all abilities.

Friday, June 26, 2015

I liked every part of this walk from the riverside path and the climb to Raven Scar to the magnificent views near the end of the walk. We were lucky enough to see the fountain too. It's easy to imagine how wonderful this must have been to visitors when it was originally built.

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