Winter at Dyrham Park

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Winter here at Dyrham Park is the time to enjoy the spectacular architectural variety of an array of tree types alongside the greens of the conifers, and to appreciate the dramatic contours of this ancient landscape, both natural and man-made.

A view of ancient history

On really cold, frosty days the air is clear and the prospect from the view point is superb. The two Severn bridges stand out, as well as the mountains of Wales beyond them. The view over the Avon valley towards the Mendips is extensive and beautiful.

On a walk around the edge of the deer park, the low grass and low sun allows exceptionally fine views of the Iron-Age Hinton hill fort, beyond the northern boundary of the park, as well as of the small Celtic field systems in the southern part of the park.

Below the hill fort, the strip lynchets (gentle terraces of banked earth resulting from age-old ploughing of sloped fields) are strikingly clear. Here, you can also make out the ridge-and-furrow markings of the ancient open field system, which are visible as well on the other side of the park, to the left of the drive as you walk down to the house.

See the deer and the mansion in a new light

It's easier to spot the deer at this time of year, especially as they're often seen together in large groups that allow them to shelter each other from the wind.

To see the low winter sun shining on the beautiful honey-coloured stone of the East Front of the house in the morning is a special experience. With the park open daily throughout the winter (except 25 December), there is no shortage of opportunities to explore Dyrham Park's wintry wonders at your leisure.