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Beautiful secluded wooded valley
The tranquil wooded valley contains a 'lost landscape' with remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park with a chain of five lakes. Park Mill Pond is the last of these lakes and features a man-made island that is now a heronry. Large carp can also be seen in the waters.
Secreted away in the surrounding woodland, you'll find an old Boat House, built in the early 19th century. It was restored in 1998 and bats now roost in the roof space, emerging at dusk to hunt over the lake. The wood also hides a disused quarry, which was in use until the early 1900s and provided stone for the Woodchester Estate.
The restoration of this varied landscape is an ongoing project. Waymarked trails (steep in places) lead through picturesque scenery, passing an unfinished Victorian mansion (not National Trust).
Bags of bats
The National Trust parkland is home to the rare greater and lesser horseshoe bats.
Pop along to Woodchester Mansion (not NT) as they have large webcams that show active roosts in the roofs.
Stay a little longer?
Woody's holiday cottage is nearby in the valley of Sheepscombe.
It has log fires, a local pub and sleeps 4. Your dog is welcome to stay too.