Blickling mausoleum walk

Blickling, Norfolk NR11 6NF

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Barn owl (Tyto alba) looking through a pane of glass © David Tipling

Barn owl (Tyto alba) looking through a pane of glass

The Tower at Blickling © Maureen Kimbley

The Tower at Blickling

Blickling Mausoleum close up © Michael Graham

Blickling Mausoleum close up

A great view of Blickling Hall from across the lake © Nick Meers

A great view of Blickling Hall from across the lake

Route overview

Enjoy a historical walk around part of Blickling Park. The path slopes gently through woods and open land, with a hard surface for all-weather use. There are plenty of seats and no steep hills, making this a good walk for all abilities.

There are only glimpses on this walk, but the magnificent Blickling Hall and gardens are not to be missed. There are tours, events and special exhibitions on throughout the year. Admissions charges apply, tickets are available at the car park.

Route details

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Route of the Blickling Mausoleum walk in Norfolk
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

  1. From the car park, follow the signs to the park and lake. Turn right at the tree with the seat around it, and through the gates into the park.

    Show/HideBarn owls

    Look carefully for barn owls, as they can be spotted almost anywhere.

    Barn owl (Tyto alba) looking through a pane of glass © David Tipling
  2. Take the left-hand path, leaving the lake behind you. Ignore the next left-hand turn and carry straight on up the slope towards the woods. Go through the gates by the cattle pens and stay on this path until you reach the information board across the field from the Tower.

    Show/HideThe Tower

    Seen across the field from the walk, and now luxurious holiday accommodation, the Tower was built for the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, John Hobart, and his guests to watch horse races. In the war, RAF officers played golf nearby.

    The Tower at Blickling © Maureen Kimbley
  3. With the Tower behind you, turn right and continue on until you see the Mausoleum on your left.

    Show/HideBlickling Mausoleum

    After the death of the 2nd Earl in 1793, his daughter had the Mausoleum built to commemorate him. Peer through the windows and go round the back to read the memorial stone, topped by a magnificent bull - the emblem of the Hobart family.

    Blickling Mausoleum close up © Michael Graham
  4. With your back to the Mausoleum, leave the main path and follow the path by the white marker post. Continue on, ignoring the wide tracks leading left into the woods, until you come out onto an open stretch.

  5. Halfway across, pause to look at the land as it slopes down to Moorgate and the River Bure, hidden in the trees. Some of the cottages at Blickling can be rented from the Trust for holidays.

  6. Staying on the path, continue into the woods until you come to the marker post by a seat built around a tree, then turn right, through the gate.

  7. Continue on this path with the lake away to your left, looking for glimpses of the hall and gardens, until you return to the park gates where you started. Make your way back to the car park the way you came.

    Show/HideBlickling lake

    The lake was dug in 1711 for the 2nd Earl. Its serpentine shape is meant to impress - whichever end you stand at, the other end cant be seen, giving the illusion that its a river. The lake is well-stocked for coarse fishing.

    A great view of Blickling Hall from across the lake © Nick Meers

End: Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.8 miles (3km)
  • Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer 25
  • Terrain:

    This walk is way-marked with red arrows on white-topped post in both directions. The paths are mostly firm for all weather conditions, with several seats. There are gates but no stiles. Dogs should be kept on leads as livestock may be grazing.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: 2 miles (3.2km) from Aylsham along a public footpath parallel to the road, or follow the Weavers Way

    By bike: On B1354, Aylsham to Saxthorpe road

    By bus: Sanders Norfolk Green First 50, Sheringham, Cromer, Norwich to Aylsham route

    By train: North Walsham, 8 miles (13km); Aylsham Bure Valley Railway 2 miles (3.2km)

    By car: On B1354, Aylsham to Saxthorpe road

  • Facilities:

    • Car park (free to NT members).
    • Visitor centre in car park.
    • Plant centre
    • Second-hand book shop
    • Cycle hire
    • Food and drink : Restaurant, seasonal Courtyard café, menus featuring local seafood and produce from the estate, (check website for autumn/winter opening times). Buckinghamshire Arms (when open).
    • Children's play area.
    • Gift shop
    • Toilets in main car park and restaurant

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