Parkland

'Capability' Brown

Early morning in autumn from the steps of Berrington Hall  © NT

Early morning in autumn from the steps of Berrington Hall

On any visit to Berrington a walk around some of the 456 acres of parkland and gardens is a must. There are three way marked park walks or you can just take a stroll around the walled gardens or down to the lake.

Brown’s classic device of ‘divided views’ can clearly be seen from the steps of the house; to the south west lies his lake, to the north west Croft Ambrey hill and to the west he makes great play of the wide borrowed landscape which takes the eye as far as the Brecon Beacons.

Visit the lake

A view across the ’Capability’ Brown lake © John Millar

A view across the ’Capability’ Brown lake

On any visit to Berrington a walk around some of the 456 acres of parkland and gardens is a must. There are three way marked park walks; one leading to the most beautiful lake. Sixteen acres in size, the lake was designed by 'Capability' Brown around 1778. Today it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the established heronry on the lake’s island. The pool is a haven for wildlife from the fish in the lake to the dragonflies, birds and wildfowl on the water and all just a ten minute walk across the park.

Great British Walks

Pop your walking boots on and join the Great British Walk © National Trust

Pop your walking boots on and join the Great British Walk

Get your walking shoes on, bring the dog and come and enjoy some of our wonderful walks through fine Herefordshire countryside. We have three waymarked paths over the 'Capability' Brown parkland, through the woods or around the lake. We're open from 10am and you can pick up details of each walk in the tile below or follow the signs around the park when you get here. There is always something different to see whether it's the hydrangeas in the park or the herons nesting on the lake. There is even a den building area in the woods.

Bring the dog

Walk your dogs through the beautiful parkland

Bring your dog and his friends along for some good exercise in the 250 acres of parkland and woods. Dogs are welcome in the park and grounds but not in the house or walled garden

The garden

Our orchard has many traditional varieties of apple tree

Take a stroll through the flower borders or look at the specimen trees along the drive. In the walled garden explore the large kitchen garden or the orchard with its traditional apple varieties

Parkland walk

Parkland and lake from the steps of the hall © NT/Gareth Gwilt

A short but sweet walk of 1 mile though the parkland in front of the house and down to the lake.

Den building walk

Young visitors playing house in their woodland den © Elaine Hodgson

This path takes you on a 2 mile round trip to our woodland area where children can create their own dens.

Lake and park walk

A view across the ’Capability’ Brown lake © John Millar

Our longest walk of 2.5 miles which takes you around the lake and back through the estate woods

Flying High

A Virgin Balloon Flight launching from Berrington’s parkland.

A Virgin Balloon Flight launching from Berrington’s parkland.

A Virgin Balloon Flight is an experience of a lifetime and a unique way to see beautiful Britain from the sky. Rise above the picturesque Georgian mansion and grounds of Berrington on an airborne adventure. This fantastic three to four hour experience starts with a pilot greeting and safety session, followed by the opportunity to help inflate the balloon ready for lift off. Spend an hour in the air floating above the stunning Herefordshire countryside before landing and celebrating with a traditional Champagne toast.

Croome Park

Croome Park © David Noton

After exploring one of Brown's final landscapes, why not take a trip to find out where it all began?

Croome was 'Capability' Brown's first complete landscape and is only about 30 miles away from Berrington.

Croft Castle

The walls and towers of Croft Castle date from the 14/15-century © Robert Morris

About four miles to the north west  of Berrington Croft Ambrey is visible.  However, Croft Castle itself is hidden from view by its ancient trees. Croft features a very different 'Picturesque' modelled landscape to Berrington but a visit to both is well worth it, just for the comparison.

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