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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.

Antlers are fully regrown in preparation for October’s rut

Antlers are fully regrown in preparation for October’s rut

Deer diary - autumn

  • The bucks are preparing for the rut - their necks have thickened and antlers regrown
  • They are becoming territorial and showing an interest in the does
  • Batchelor groups can been seen outside the hall
  • Early visitors to the park may see younger bucks locking horns on the lawn.
  • The herd will come together for the rut in October where the males will try to assert their dominance and attract the does as they come into season

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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