Lake walk at Arlington Court

Walking trail

Get closer to nature at the bird hide and heronry. This is our most popular and established walk around the designed landscape of Arlington Court, created by the Chichester family over three generations, including carriage drives to view the best of the estate.

Please book ahead before visiting

The car park, garden and toilets at Arlington are open and you need to

book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

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A view of the old lake at Arlington Court


Map route for Arlington Court lake walk


Outside Old Kitchen tea-room, grid ref: SS611405


This walk is marked with signs with RED arrows on them. From the tea-room walk down the tarmac road, following the signs to the Lake and Wider Estate. At the gates with herons on the top, keep left and follow the track down through the Monkey Puzzle Avenue.

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Continue along this track, through a gate and past a large information board (on your left). Keep on this track for about 500 metres.


BIRD HIDE DIVERSION: If you want to try out our bird hide look out for a sign saying Bird Hide, which is on the right pointing you down a track. Follow this along until you reach the hide. To return to the main walk just retrace your steps.


At the junction of two paths follow the red arrow to the right and to the lake. Just around the corner on the banks of the lake is Miss Chichester's Memorial Urn.

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Walk alongside the lake, cross the dam (look out for the bridge piers, part of an unfinished project from the nineteenth century) and then bear left.

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Follow the track for 200 metres and then turn left to cross Smallacombe Bridge and into the parkland.

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Follow the track through the parkland (bear slightly right) and uphill. You will reach the gate at the bottom of the Wilderness.

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Follow the path up the hill, staying left at first junction. You will pass the Wilderness Hideaway with mud huts, an earth oven and more. Keep going up the hill, eventually reaching the bottom of the main garden. You emerge from the Wilderness next to the large pond, near the church. From here you can find your way across the garden to the tea-room.


Outside Old Kitchen tea-room, grid ref: SS611405

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Lake walk at Arlington Court


Fairly easy terrain, one steady climb. Follows wide footpaths through the estate, some parts can be muddy.
Lake walk at Arlington Court

Contact us

Telephone: 01271 850296
Lake walk at Arlington Court

How to get here

Arlington Court, Arlington, Near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP
By train

Barnstaple, 10 miles (16km) from Arlington.

By road

9 miles (14.4km) north-east of Barnstaple, off the A39. Postcode for Sat Nav: EX31 4LP.

By foot

From main car park just 200 yards, through reception. Admission charges will apply during the property's opening times throughout the year.

By bus
TW Coaches 309, Barnstaple-Lynton, infrequent.
By bicycle
National Cycle Network Regional route 56 passes near property. See sustrans website.
Lake walk at Arlington Court

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park
  • Tea room