Blickling lake walk, Norfolk

Walking trail

A tranquil walk around Blickling Park and lake, keeping the formal garden and Jacobean House in view. Visiting the Mount, Ha-Ha, Doric Temple and Orangery, with gentle slopes, woods, open fields, frequent seats and breathtaking views, the Lake walk is a walk for the 'not so energetic'. Ideal for families. Dogs welcome in park and woods on leads at all times. Please remove all dog litter.

Green Energy

The lake now supplies residual heat to heat the House and estate offices, via a network of pipes filled with plant-based glycol “anti-freeze”, saving Blickling 25000 litres of oil consumption every year.


Map route for Blickling lake walk


Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286


From Blickling main car park, facing the visitor centre, skirt the left-hand side of the building and follow the path down to the road. Turn left, following the red-brick wall, and after 100yd (90m) or so turn right at the sign for the Lakeside Walk. After a few yards bear left, through the hedge, and go through the small gate into the Park and the 'Parade'.

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A view after passing through small gate from Parade on Blickling Lake walk


Now follow the path along side what is known as 'The Parade' (to your left). When reaching the lake keeping to the path nearest the lakeside, look out for three manhole covers. When reaching the three manhole covers, look to the left and see if you can spot the Mausoleum in the distance.

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A view to the gardens and the Turkey Oak


Continuing along the path to the end of the lake, go through the gate and cross the dam. You may see several anglers going about their business, and there are some seats if you fancy resting for a while. After crossing the dam you will see two gates. Take the right-hand gate and follow the lake path until reaching a small area of woodland and the Mount.

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Approaching the Mount on the Blickling Lake walk


As you come out of the woodland you will be greeted by a fantastic view of the house and gardens. Feel free to stand and stare! To your left you will see an artificial hill known as 'The Mount'

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A breathtaking view from the bottom of the Mount


When reaching the bottom of the lake, to your right is a low red-bricked wall known as the Ha-ha.

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A view of the Ha-Ha


When reaching the end of this section of the ha-ha, go through the gate on your right and continue with the ha-ha (now a fence). The bank to the right is covered with daffodils in spring, and about the half-way point you can see the back of the Doric Temple.

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A view of the Blickling Doric Temple


Bearing right through the gate at the end of the ha-ha will bring you into Greenhouse Park. Look out for the Orangery on your right. Ahead of you through the gate, lie the church of St Andrew and former rectory.

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A view of the Orangery in Greenhouse Park at Blickling


Carry on alongside the garden boundary and pass through the last gate of the walk. The church of St Andrew and old rectory will be seen to your left. Once through the trees and into the Home Farm courtyard, you will find toilets, as well as the muddy boots café and the plant centre.


To return to the car park, go past the cottages, Dairy Farmhouse (a National Trust holiday let) and church on your left, and turn right in front of the house. Now make time to visit magnificent Blickling Hall.

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The striking view of Blickling in winter sunshine.


Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

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Blickling lake walk, Norfolk


Waymarked - green arrows on white-topped posts. Firm grass paths, seats, tree roots, gates. May be muddy in wet weather. Suitable footwear recommended.

Dogs welcome in park and woods on leads at all times.  Please remove all dog litter.

Blickling lake walk, Norfolk

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Blickling lake walk, Norfolk

How to get here

Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NF
By train

Aylsham (Bure Valley Railway from Hoveton and Wroxham) 1¾ miles (2.8km). North Walsham 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

1½ miles (2.4km) north-west of Aylsham on B1354, signposted off A140 Norwich/Cromer.

By bus

Services from Norwich to Holt and Sheringham, alight Aylsham 1½ miles (2.4km).

By bicycle

On B1354 Aylsham to Saxthorpe road. Regional National Cycle Network route 33 passes near the property. Permitted path alongside Bure Valley Railway.

Blickling lake walk, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Car park (free to National Trust members)
  • Visitor centre in car park
  • Plant centre
  • Second-hand book shop
  • Restaurant, seasonal courtyard café (check website for opening times in autumn/winter) and Buckinghamshire Arms (when open)
  • Children's play area
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets in main car park and restaurant