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Wildlife walk at Attingham Park


This circular walk starts in the Stables Courtyard at Attingham Park and follows the Deer Park walk in the beautiful parkland of this great estate.

The Attingham deer, descended from the orignal herd brough to Attingham in the late 1700s
The fallow deer herd at Attingham Park National Trust / Steve Allman


Map route for Attingham Park wildlife walk
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Visitor Reception, grid ref: SJ5501109896


From the car park make your way to Visitor Reception and through the Stables Courtyard bearing left towards the Walled Garden. As you walk towards the Walled Garden you are on part of the Mile Walk - a hoggin path designed by Thomas Leggett in 1770 for Noel Hill, the first Lord Berwick of Attingham Park. Hoggin is a mix of gravel, sand and clay ideal for building paths. In 2009, we restored the pond in the adjacent paddock and dugout hundreds of tonnes of hoggin to rebuild the Mile Walk.


You will pass the Walled Garden on your left as you continue along this section of the Mile Walk. Stop in on your way past to see our historic bee house and new observation bee hive. The observation hive is made of clear acrylic and allows visitors to see the busy bees at work.

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At this point the path diverges - bear left following signs for the Deer Park Walk.


Cross the cable stay bridge over the river Tern. With funding from Natural England this cable stay bridge was constructed in 2009. The new bridge provides improved access for buggies and mobility scooters. Attingham is host to around 5 miles of river, featuring beautiful stretches of the Severn and Tern. Our many ponds are a haven for wildlife of all sorts, from ducks, swans and otters to dragonflies.

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At this fork in the path carry straight on up a gentle incline to continue with the walk. At further forks in the path follow signs for the 'Deer Park Walk'. For buggies (in muddy conditions) and mobility scooters follow the right fork labelled 'Shortcut' through the gate which takes you along the bank of the Tern to rejoin the walk at point 8.

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After walking through the woodland the path opens out along the top of the Deer Park, with the woodland on your left and the deer park to your right. Look closely in the bracken and ferns and you might be lucky to spot some of our deer herd! Please note: during parts of the year sections of the Deer Park may be closed, please follow any signed diversions on your route.

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Keep walking along the grass path with the woodland on your left, until you get to the Repton Oak. Lots of different animals live in the deer park and woodland areas at Attingham, especially in old trees which are havens for wildlife, bats, birds, insects, mosses and lichens. There are five species of bats at Attingham including over 1,000 pipistrelle bats. Family activity: the barn owl, raven and buzzard are the top predators here - can you spot any flying over the deer park?

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A short while after passing the Repton Oak the path will begin to lead you down the hill towards the mansion. Go through the gate, across the bridge and turn right to take a look at the Ice House. Please note: There is no light in the ice house and is lit by natural light from its entrance. Be careful walking down the narrow uneven steps into the ice house. After you've visited the ice house follow the path passing the mansion on your right hand side and continue to bear right, past the tea-room and toilets before turning left to return to the Stables Courtyard.

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Visitor Reception, grid ref: SJ5501109896

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Wildlife walk at Attingham Park


Walking on a mixture of grass, hoggin and woodland paths, this route is on a combination of level terrain and a few short inclines in the deer park. Paths may be uneven in places and may not be suitable for buggies or mobility scooters in muddy conditions. Please be careful on steps to the ice house.

Wildlife walk at Attingham Park

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Wildlife walk at Attingham Park

How to get here

Attingham Park, Atcham, Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP
By train

Shrewsbury, 5 miles (8km)

By road

The main entrance to Attingham Park is on the B43850 in the village of Atcham, 4 miles (6.4km) south of Shrewsbury

By foot

0.5 miles (0.8km) along drive from main gates

By bus

Please check routes with Arriva bus services, then 0.5 miles (0.8km) walk along drive from main gates

Wildlife walk at Attingham Park

Facilities and access

  • Toilets are in the Stables Courtyard, Bothy and Brewhouse
  • Carriage House café and Mansion tea-room serve a range of food and drink
  • Car parking is free (disabled bays available)
  • Mobility scooters are available to borrow (first come, first served)
  • Normal admission charges to the park apply