Long walk at Kedleston Hall
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The Long walk at Kedleston Hall takes you across approximately 3.2 miles of park and woodland.
1. Follow the finger post signs in the car park through the small metal gate and into the gardens. Turn right and follow the path through the tall metal ‘House of Lords’ gates.
2. The path takes you out of the gardens and into Priest Wood. Follow the path along the top of the boundary line (or Ha Ha) and into the woodlands around the edge of the park. Continue through the woodlands.
3. Follow the path down the Grassy Bank and through the newly planted trees back into the park.
4. Towards the end of the Long walk, before going back into the parkland, you will see a lot of new trees have been planted. These are mainly oak, ash, beech, hawthorn and hazel. There is also a maze and the Splash Pool to explore.
5. The walk takes you through Pleasure Ground Wood and Vicar Wood. At various points along the walk a number of focal points, such as the Hermitage and the Mount were constructed to provide added interest.
The long walk is a circular tour of the park. It was designed, built and planted between 1761 and 1776. It gives commanding views across the parkland and surrounding countryside.
This walk also gives fantastic views of the gardens and the back of the Hall and gives a good perspective of the size of Kedleston Park.
Keep a look out for the hares in the fields at the back of the Hall.