The north side of the lake, known as the wilderness, is the most natural part of the parkland. With a mixture of woods and pasture, it is home to some of the oldest veteran trees in Derbyshire.
It’s the perfect place to spot birds, with owls, buzzards and woodpeckers often spotted, as well as beautiful hares. It’s also where our Dexter cows spend much of the year.
Long and short walks
The long and short walks form part of Robert Adam's pleasure ground and were designed for the entertainment of ladies, with a winding path dotted with temples and follies.
In spring, the walks boast a magnificent carpet of bluebells and white wood anemone, as well as views to the back of the house and across the parkland.
Walk along the edge of the lake and see a whole host of waterfowl including geese, swans, oyster catchers, herons and coots.
Otters have also recently been visiting the park and, although they don’t live here, we’ve built some otter houses to encourage them to stay.