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The hall as seen from the park during the First World War © The University of Manchester

The hall as seen from the park during the First World War

The park during the First World War

During the First World War a small section of the park between Smithy Drive and Charcoal Drive was open to the public. The soldiers had access to the park and spending time outside was encouraged. Of course the fallow deer herd roamed the park then as they do now. The Stamford Hospital 'rules' ask patients to respect 'out of bounds' notices. These days our 'out of bounds' areas are deer sanctuaries, places to which the deer herd can retreat.

Bucks lose their antlers in spring

Bucks lose their antlers in spring

Deer diary - spring

  • The bucks begin to lose their antlers in April, they regrow by autumn
  • The herd begin to lose their coarse winter coats and their summer coats grow in
  • If you see birds pecking at the deer, its because they're plucking the coats for their nests.
  • When new grass begins to grow deer start to graze instead of browsing and foraging
  • The pregnant does give birth in June, so in early spring they feed and gain weight

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads are welcome in the deer park. If you'd like to walk your dog off a lead, you can go to the North Park - ask for directions on arrival. Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the formal garden, shop or restaurant.

The mill

Dunham's mill

Dunham's mill

The mill is the oldest building in the park. It's open Saturday - Wednesday from 12 - 4pm. Visit to see the wheel and Dunham Ripper in action.

Take a walk with us to find out more about Dunham and the deer herd

Take a walk with us to find out more about Dunham and the deer herd

Take a walk with us

  • Join us to discover more about Dunham on one of our park walks
  • We organise a daily park walk at 1.30pm
  • Themed guided walks take place on the first Saturday of the month at 11am
  • Keep an eye on the events listing for family walks in school holidays

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