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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).

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.

With three different routes to choose from, there's something for everyone. 

New children's trail

There's a brand new trail at Woodchester Park.

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.

Spooky Wild Woodchester

The rangers are bringing you the spookiest Wild Woodchester yet on Friday 30 October. 

11 - 2pm £5 per child, accompanying adults go for free. 

Come and join us after dark on a Night Run

Come and join us after dark on a Night Run

Night Run 5 December

Night Run is a national series of night-time trail running events, held in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor. If you've ever wanted to run around the gardens of a Tudor manor house at night, or explore ancient woodlands after dark, then Night Run gives you the chance.

Here's your chance to explore Woodchester Park at night.