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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).

Dog friendly

Bring your dog to explore the arboretum

Woodchester Park is ideal for dog walking on and off the lead.

Acres of woods, valleys and lakes to explore together in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Livestock may be grazing along the way so don't forget to take your dog lead.

Free play trail

 Boy on a rope swing at Woodchester Park

With something for the whole family, follow the blue markers from the car park to our 3km play trail which has:

  • bridges and beams 
  • a see-saw and swings
  • musical logs and hopscotch
  • a zip wire and climbing logs

Bags of bats

Look out for bat droppings in the North Bath House at the Villa

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.

Walking

There are a variety of walks and bridle paths to help you explore the Cotswold countryside. Park up and follow the way-markers.

Stay a little longer?

There are stunning views to enjoy, whatever the season

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.

Woody's holiday cottage

50 things

We've put together a list of 50 of the ultimate outdoor activities you can do before you're 11¾. Up for the challenge? Find out which of the 50 things you can tick off your list here, including 'skim a stone', 'climb a tree' and 'build a den'.

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