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Walking at Blickling

Magnificent trees in Blickling Park © Sue Prutton National Trust Images

Magnificent trees in Blickling Park

There's much more to Blickling than its famous house. The estate covers 4,777 acres, and includes 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland.  Visitors have access to much of this land and you can walk across historic countryside using three waymarked routes of between 2 and 5 miles. The estate also connects with other national paths, including the Weavers' Way.

Parkland

The rolling countryside in Blickling's park © Sue Prutton National Trust Images

The rolling countryside in Blickling's park

With the outbreak of the Second World War large areas of the park were put to the plough as part of the Dig for Victory initiative. At the end of the war cultivation continued on a more limited basis while the remainder was returned to grass or planted up with quick-growing conifers. These trees are now being replaced in a concerted effort to return the parkland to its pre-war splendour.

Woodland

May is the time to visit for bluebells © Sue Prutton National Trust Images

May is the time to visit for bluebells

As you walk or cycle through the wooded areas of the estate you're sure to be impressed by the variety and magnificence of the trees. Don't miss the Mausoleum and keep an eye open for deer. If you're here in April and May, look for bluebells too.

Farmland

The cows enjoy posing for photographs © Sue Prutton National Trust Images

The cows enjoy posing for photographs

Traditionally the harvests from the farms on the estate supported the great house. They now have a wider market as, for example, the potato crop is turned into crisps only a few miles from the farm. In addition to growing the arable crops for which East Anglia is famous, the tenant farmers breed cattle which add life to the panoramic vistas set against the wide Norfolk skies.

Open-air gym

Need some fresh air and exercise?

Enjoy a range of waymarked walks in the historic park from dawn until dusk every day. Follow it up with a snack in the Muddy Boots cafe, designed with walkers in mind

Hire a bike, or bring your own

Enjoy the cycle paths in Blickling's park

Enjoy the cycle paths in Blickling's park

Biking around the estate is one of the best ways to get closer to nature and see the historic landscape.

We've got several waymarked routes through the park.  If you're feeling energetic, try the Sustrans regional route 33, which takes you from Aylsham market place, through Itteringham to Felbrigg Hall, a distance of about 14 miles.

Baseline Sporting Opportunities are operating cycle hire for our visitors this year, as well as segways. They are a local company specialising in outdoor sporting, and we are excited to be working in partnership with them to expand the outdoor activities we offer.

Call 01603 898839 for further details.

The countryside team

Come fishing at Blickling

The ranger team, who look after this wonderful estate, is headed up by head ranger Dave Brady. It would be impossible to conserve this historic parkland without a loyal band of committed volunteers.

Fishing on the lake

Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Blickling's park while you fish

Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Blickling's park while you fish

People of all ages and abilities can fish in our well-stocked lake.

The season runs from June to March daily, from 7am until dusk. Bring your rod and just settle yourself down - our team of countryside rangers and volunteers will come and collect your payment.  Adults £7 (max. two rods), children £5.

For more information, please contact the head ranger on 01263 731994.
 

Equestrian enjoyment

Enjoy the wonderful countryside on horseback

With so many bridleways and quiet country lanes there are great places to take your horse around Blickling.

Please call Dave Brady, our head ranger on 01263 731994 (Mon-Fri) before you visit so we can help make sure you enjoy your ride.

The Mausoleum

This tomb for the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire and his two wives is almost unique in the UK. From outside it's a pyramid, inside it's a dome. It's also visible from the garden.

The Tower

Built in the 1770s, the Tower was designed for watching horse racing in Tower Park. The side extension was added later to use as a private home. It's available to rent as a holiday cottage.

Woodlands

There's always something to see in the woods, from wildflowers such as bluebells, campions, yellow archangel and wild garlic to a variety of birds and mammals. Spot trees like oak, chestnut, beech, rowan and ash.

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