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Wimpole folly and woodland belt walk


An historical wildlife walk starting at a grand stable-block, exploring the diverse landscape of one of the largest estates in Cambridgeshire.

Explore the woodland belt designed by Lancelot 'capability' Brown

Discover the rich history of the land, from the remains of medieval farming to lavish Georgian landscapes. You can also explore the unique contrasts between a historical and modern working estate.

Two cows grazing
Take a wander out into Wimpole's parkland National Trust Images / Andrew Butler


Map route for Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Stable-block, grid ref: TL336509


Go through the black gate opposite the stable-block and follow the path until you're in front of Wimpole Hall. Remember to look at the view down the stunning South Avenue.

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Follow the path around the house until you reach a gate. Once through the gate, note the ridges and furrows in the field opposite - evidence of the plough pulled by oxen used on Wimpole's medieval farmland.


Turn right and through the gate, then meander to the right, following the footpath away from the hall across the field. Keep walking until you reach the ha-ha and iron bridge. Bear left ahead towards the lakes until you reach the Chinese Bridge.

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Cross over the Bridge and keep going up the hill until you reach the folly. Then with the folly in front of you turn left and down the hill towards the gate at the far end.

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Walk straight through the farmland on the grass path into the Woodland belt, the sign here is filled with wildlife information - do stop to read. Follow the path into the woods and then turn left. Keep walking and after the path has eventually meandered around to the right, a fork in the footpath will appear, take the left turning. As you walk, the fields are to your left behind the trees.

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Once you've made it round the U-turn-like bend, follow the path behind the trees and up the hill. At the top of the hill the woodland belts come to an end. Jump over the stile and, in front of you, will be the medieval mill mound. Turn right through the 1/2 avenue and head towards the gate.


After you go through the gate there are some lime trees planted in parallel lines to your left. Follow this pathway down the hill toward the hall. At the bottom bear right and go through the gate, back the way you came, where you can finish either at the stable-block or restaurant.

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Stable-block, grid ref: TL336509

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Wimpole folly and woodland belt walk


This walk is on a well-marked route and public footpath, which can get quite muddy. There are a number of slight gradients as well as areas with livestock.

Dogs are welcome on the parkland, as long as kept under close control. Please remove any dog litter.

Wimpole folly and woodland belt walk

Contact us

Wimpole folly and woodland belt walk

How to get here

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
By train

Shepreth 5 miles (8km); Royston, with taxi service, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

8 miles (12.8km) south-west of Cambridge (A603); 6 miles (9.6km) north of Royston (A1198).

By foot

Wimpole Way from Cambridge; Harcamlow Way.

By bus

Whippet 75 from Cambridge. Alight Arrington, then 1 mile walk; return bus from Orwell, a 2 mile (3.2km) walk. Bus subject to changes and cancellations. Please check with Whippet buses before you travel or call 01954 230011.

By bicycle

Cycle path to entrance from Orwell (A603).

Wimpole folly and woodland belt walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park
  • Food and drink at Old Rectory Restaurant and Farm Café
  • Shop selling local pottery, gifts, Wimpole rare breed meat and eggs, and plant sales.
  • Dogs welcome on the parkland under close control