Attingham Park autumn light walk

Walking trail

Explore the changing colours of the deer park with a walk taking in views over the open Shropshire landscape to the river, and of the orange-gold trees that mark the start of the woodland.

Enjoy the view as the autumn light create rich colours in the park

See if you can spot Attingham's fallow deer on your walk - in the changing light, the view of the deer park is never the same twice. Enjoy the unusual view of Attingham's Regency mansion from the deer park and see if you can tell where the golden stone is just a veneer.

The autumn light in the Deer Park at Attingham

Map

Map route for Attingham Park autumn light walk

Start:

Attingham Park stables courtyard, grid ref: SJ547100

1

From the car park make your way through the Stables Courtyard past the cottage garden and bear right. Head towards the back of the mansion and take the cut through path on the left and then bear left at the fork in the path by the cedars to join the Mile Walk along the riverside.

View of the autum sky through the leaves at Attingham Park

2

As you walk alongside the river, take a first look across the water to the deer park. In autumn the grass turns a golden colour in the evening light, and the Wrekin (behind you) forms a blue backdrop behind the treeline. Attingham is home to many different species of wildlife - look out for the swans on the river and in the first few weeks of autumn you may still be able to spot some dragonflies along the banks.

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Common darter dragonfly at Attingham Park

3

Take the path bearing right at the single cedar, following signs for the Deer Park Walk. Underfoot and in the trees you'll see a riot of rich red, amber, green and brown as the leaves turn in colour and fall to the ground as the season goes on. Keep an eye out for conkers ready to take home, string, and challenge your friends and family to a knockout!

Conkers in the Deer Park at Attingham Park

4

At the junction, continue to follow signs for the Deer Park Walk as you walk along the path through the trees.

5

Cross the cable stay bridge across the River Tern and enter the woodland. Look out for the fantastic fungi displays amongst the leaves on the woodland floor. Whilst you can’t eat the fungi, you can treat yourself to some freshly-picked produce from the Walled Garden in our shop

Hidden in the foliage, a mass of brown fungi can be seen

6

At this crossroads follow the signs for the Deer Park walk to continue through the woodland until you leave the dense woodland and see the park open up in front of you. Dogs are welcome in the Deer Park but they must be kept on a short lead.

7

After walking through the changing colours of the woodland, the path continues along a grass track through the deer park. Keep an eye out as you might be able to spot some of our fallow deer herd camouflaged among the brown bracken and ferns.

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Attingham's deer herd are descended from the orginal herd brought to Attingham by the second Lord Berwick in the 1700s

8

Pause near the large oak tree to admire the view towards the mansion. The mansion was commissioned in 1782, and the landscape around it was shaped to provide awe-inspiring glimpses of the building as a reminder of the owners' wealth.

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View for the Mansion at Attingham from the Deer Park

9

The grass track will curve down a slight incline towards the river and the deer park gates. Cross the two small bridges and pause at the corner of the mansion for a sweeping view of the deer park.

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10

Continue your walk past the front of the Regency mansion - can you tell that the stone is just a veneer? Follow the path and continue past the tea-room and toilets, before bearing left to return to the Stables Courtyard.

Autumn orange leaves in focus with the Mansion in the background

End:

Attingham Park stables courtyard, grid ref: SJ547100

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Attingham Park autumn light walk

Terrain

Terrain is generally level but on natural surfaces, including grass. There may be some uneven areas, slight inclines and muddy patches. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Dogs are welcome on this walk but must be kept on a short lead in the deer park - please see our dog policy for more details.

Attingham Park autumn light walk

Contact us

Attingham Park autumn light walk

How to get here

Address
Attingham Park, Atcham, Shropshire, SY4 4TP
By train

Shrewsbury is our nearest station, approximately 5 miles (8km) away.

By road

Attingham is on the B4380, 4 miles (6.5km) south-east of Shrewsbury with good access from the A5. Parking is free and approximately 25 yards (23m) from visitor reception.

By foot

There is a ½ mile (0.8km) walk up our entrance drive from the village of Atcham.

By bus

The Shrewsbury to Telford routes 81 and 96 stop at the Mytton and Mermaid, directly opposite our main gates. From here there is a half mile walk to our reception. Please check timetables as buses do not run on Sundays.

By bicycle

The B4380 passes by our main gates - Sustrans has a good map. If you arrive at Attingham by bike you are able to come into the grounds only for free - please let our reception team know. Standard bikes are not permitted within the grounds themselves - please see our cycle policy for more details.

Attingham Park autumn light walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets located in the stables courtyard, Bothy and Brewhouse toilets (near Mansion tea-room)
  • Carriage House Cafe and Mansion tea-room serve a range of food and drink - please see website for opening hours
  • Car parking is free and there are disabled bays available
  • Mobility scooters are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis - these may not be suitable for access to grassy routes such as the deer park
  • This walk takes place within Attingham Park's pay barrier - National Trust Members enter for free
  • Dogs are welcome - please keep on a short lead in the deer park