In the parkland

Walk the dog

Don't forget your four-legged friend © Arnhel de Serra

Don't forget your four-legged friend

Our dog-friendly parkland is a great place to exercise your four-legged friend.

Choose from our selection of walks, from short strolls to longer hikes depending on where your dog wants to go. If your dog gets thirsty during his visit look out for the watering bowls near the tea-room; open every weekend until 2 November. If you've got little ones with you then ask on arrival about our pushchair and dog friendly walks.

Go birdwatching

Become a 'twitcher' for the day in Croft's bird hide © NTPL/National Trust

Become a 'twitcher' for the day in Croft's bird hide

Grab your 50 things list and tick off no.44

The new family sized bird hide, found hiding in Fishpool valley and built from one of Croft's fallen oak trees, is complete with adult and child viewing hatches, reference guides and a recording board. You can visit the bird hide any day we're open and look out for everything from herons and moorhens to great spotted woodpeckers, sparrowhawks and other native woodland birds.

Croft's county champion

Measuring the county champion © NTPL/Ana Vaughan

Measuring the county champion

Discover over 300 veteran trees

Croft has an impressive collection of ancient trees. There's the Quarry oak at around 1000 years old, the newly discovered Candelabra oak at around 750 years old and the Herefordshire county champion Douglas fir which stands at 57.6m in height. Come and enjoy a walk exploring these glorious giants and see how we care for them along the way.

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Go orienteering

Get set for your personal best © NTPL/John Millar

Get set for your personal best

Our orienteering course, suitable for all abilities, will help you discover every inch of the 1500 acres of parkland.

Maps are available from reception every day and the course is open daily until 2 November. The course covers varying terrain from trail paths and open country to woodland rides and old carriageways and we've even got an event on Saturday 17 May with Harlequins orienteering club, so why not get involved.

Find out more about the Orienteering event

The ancient story of the trees

Listen to the story of the Spanish chestnut avenue at Croft Castle. Our countryside manager Ian Carter,  and ancient tree adviser Brian Muelaner share the history of when these magnificent trees were planted and you'll see some spectacular views of the trees during the clip.

Fishpool valley walk

Where will your walking boots take you? © NTPL/John Millar

A pleasant route of 1.5 miles though the parkland then down to our wooded Fishpool valley with its spring wild flowers, interlinked pools, lime kilns, giant fir trees, Gothic pumphouse and old icehouse.

Ancient tree walk

The Spanish chestnut trees on the estate are over 400 years old © NTPL/David Hall

Take a walk through our parkland with its magnificent old oak, chestnut and hawthorn trees, including the ancient Spanish chestnut avenue planted after the Armada.  This flat path is suitable for all terrain pushchairs.

Croft Ambrey walk

View of Croft Ambrey, Herefordshire © NTPL/Robert Morris

A longer circuit of 3 miles with a long but gentle climb up through the ancient trees in the parkland to the hillfort of Croft Ambery with its spectacular ramparts and views over Herefordshire and beyond.

Pokehouse wood

The Croft estate borders the river Lugg which has SSSI status © NTPL/David Hall

A challenging walk of 5.5 miles offering the chance to see the River Lugg, woodland restoration and the old bridge part of the original formal approach to the castle. Please note the path into the valley is steep.

Go wild in nature's playground

Look out © NTPL/John Millar

Look out

There is so much to explore at Croft Castle.  We have parkland with ancient trees, woods with spring fed ponds as well as the gardens around the castle.  However, every family should climb the hill to see the views across Herefordshire and beyond on the way up to the ancient hill fort at Croft Ambrey.  It's worth the effort and you can relax in the Carpenters' tea room when you've returned to the castle grounds.  Full details of all the walks are shown above.

Go wild in nature's playground

We’ve got some of the best Herefordshire hills for sledging © NTPL/Joe Cornish

We’ve got some of the best Herefordshire hills for sledging

The natural play area, built by our volunteer ranger team, is complete with tunnels, forts, terrace walls, balance beams, swings and more. It's designed for children aged around 7 years and older but we've also included mini play areas for younger brothers and sisters to enjoy. It's a great spot for going wild with nature in the great outdoors and you'll be able to re-fuel at the Carpenter's tea-room, located nearby.

 

Go wild in nature's playground

weeeeeee..... © NTPL/Andrew Butler

weeeeeee.....

The natural play area, built by our volunteer ranger team, is complete with tunnels, forts, terrace walls, balance beams, swings and more. It's designed for children aged around 7 years and older but we've also included mini play areas for younger brothers and sisters to enjoy. It's a great spot for going wild with nature in the great outdoors and you'll be able to re-fuel at the Carpenter's tea-room, located nearby.

 

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