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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).

Wild Woodchester activity days

Having fun den building in the woods

Having fun den building in the woods

The ranger team have planned another series of Wild Woodchester activity days throughout the summer holidays, every Friday in August.

With 50 Things fun from den building to creating some wild art, mud kitchens to making trails with sticks, bug hunting and toasting marshmallows on an open campfire, your outdoors adventure awaits. 

With just two events still available on the 21 and 28 August, make sure you book soon to get your little ones exploring outside this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for the Spooky Wild Woodchester coming in October...  

Mad about mountain-biking?

Check out the Mean and Dirty Off Road Challenge (MADORC) which will be held at the Ebworth Estate near Stroud on Sunday 13 September. 

Either 50k or 100k options are open to everyone with a mountain bike and the desire to test themselves against a route through fantastic Cotswolds terrain.

Entries received before August 30 will receive a free post race meal and free T-shirt.

Children's races will also be held during the day.

Plan your visit

Whether you're looking for a family-fun day out, somewhere different for a run, or you just fancy exploring our park and woods, you can now download this handy pocket guide to help you plan your trip.

New children's trail

Time to get outside and start exploring

Time to get outside and start exploring

We've launched a brand new children's trail at Woodchester Park with Woodchester Mansion.

Discover fascinating facts and hidden secrets as new characters, designed by children's book illustrator Tom Percival, guide you around the park and the Mansion.

The trail is free, pick up your copy from the Mansion or the car-park.