Outdoor adventures at Arlington

With over twenty miles of walkways through beautiful woodlands, wild play areas and secret den building sites, there's plenty of outdoor fun to be had at Arlington.

Join the family play trail

This family friendly walk has lots of activities and adventures to discover along the way. From building a den, defending a fort, spotting wildlife and exploring the wilderness there's plenty to get stuck into.

Download the leaflet here:

Follow our play trail (PDF / 2.705078125MB)

You can also pick up your free 50 things to do before you're 11¾ booklet from the shop, and start ticking off your outdoor activities.

Make yourself a home in our den building area
A boy lifting a branch to build a den
Make yourself a home in our den building area

Wild play

Monkey puzzle mania

This is a great place to have an adventure. Test your balance on the stepping logs, try the rope bridge and defend the fort.

NEW for 2018 - a new timber fort is now ready to be conquered by budding explorers, or hold court at the new throne and round table.

Firm under foot, with some muddy patches by the stream. Accessible for pushchairs.

Bird Hide

From here you can get a great view of the Victorian bridge piers and have front row seats for the heronry on the opposite side of the lake.

Accessible for wheelchairs, firm underfoot. A great picnic area if it's raining.


Hidden deep among the trunks of conifers this is a very secret play area. The stream is great for paddling, the mud slide is fun, and you can build your very own den. 

This area can be very muddy, especially after rain. Old clothes are essential for the mud slide.

Conquer the new fort in the Monkey Puzzle mania
The new fort in the Monkey Puzzle mania
Conquer the new fort in the Monkey Puzzle mania

Respect Mother Nature

Respect our trees, wildlife and other visitors to the site.

The woods are full of special trees and wildlife. Protect them by only using items from the ground, If it’s still attached to the tree, it still needs it! Only use natural fallen materials to build your dens. 

The fresh air at Arlington encourages the growth of many rare lichens on our trees. To help them grow and to create homes for bugs we leave fallen logs across the estate. Take care not to disturb these too much when hunting for creepy crawlies.

Let off steam on the play trail at Arlington Court
Children running across the grass
Let off steam on the play trail at Arlington Court

The boring bit for adults

  • Children must be supervised at all times
  • The lake is full of mud which acts like quick sand, please keep children and dogs well away
  • The play areas can be very muddy and we strongly advise old clothes and sturdy boots or wellingtons
  • Cattle may be grazing in the parkland, please keep dogs on a lead and pick up after them - dog bins are located just outside the carriage museum and behind reception at the entrance to the disabled car park
  • There are two small ponds in the formal gardens and a larger pond in the pleasure grounds
  • If you need any assistance on your visit, the property can be reached on 01271 851101 or 01271 851116 between 10.30am and 5pm