Attingham Park river reflections walk

Walking trail

The two bridges make this a perfect walk for pausing to take a photo, and you might even spot some of the river’s wildlife along the way.

A perfect autumnal walk

Admire the changing colours of the landscape and skies reflected in the river Tern. Take this looping walk around the river to see the autumn colours rippling across the water, from the greens of early autumn to the peaches, pinks and pale blue washes of autumn sunsets.

A view of the river Tern with water reflections of the Park


Map route for Attingham Park river reflections walk


Stables Courtyard


From the car park make your way through the Stables Courtyard past the cottage garden and bear right. Take the cut-through on your left and bear left at the fork in the path by the cedars to join the Mile Walk along the riverside.


As you walk along the riverside, look out for the changing reflections of the deer park in the waters of the river Tern. The river Tern is about 30 miles long, and home to wildlife of all sorts, from ducks, swans and otters to dragonflies.

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Take the path bearing right at the single cedar, following signs for the Deer Park Walk.


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


Cross the cable stay bridge across the River Tern and enter the woodland. This bridge is a great location to stop and admire the reflections in the water – if you’re lucky you may also spot an otter at this end of the river.

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At this junction follow the signs for the shortcut to leave the woodland and enter the deer park by the river. Continue along this grassy track.

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The grass track leads you towards the large deer park gates. At this point you can extend your walk by following the instructions under point 8, or head towards the end of the route by skipping to point 9.

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Walk extension. Continue forward past the gates and follow the yellow-tipped stakes, which will take you under Tern Bridge, giving you a fantastic view of the mansion from the riverside. Re-trace your steps until you reach the deer park gates once more. This route may be closed in bad weather as floods are likely.

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Leave the deer park through the gates, and cross the two bridges over the river Tern. These are ideal places to pause and take some photographs of the reflections in the water - or to enjoy a game of pooh sticks!


Continue along the path past the front of the Regency mansion. To round off your walk with a warming cuppa, remain on the path until the mansion tea-room is on your right. If you're coming later in the day please check our website for its opening hours as these vary monthly.


Mansion tea-room

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Attingham Park river reflections walk


The route covers well-maintained paths and a grassy track. The grassy track may be unsuitable for mobility scooters and buggies, and is uneven in places. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short lead in the deer park.

Attingham Park river reflections walk

Contact us

Attingham Park river reflections walk

How to get here

Attingham Park, Atcham, Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP
By train

Shrewsbury is our nearest station, approximately 5 miles away.

By road

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

By foot

There is a half-mile 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 can come into the grounds 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 river reflections walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets are in the Stables Courtyard, Bothy and Brewhouse
  • Carriage House café serves a range of takeaway food and drink
  • Car parking is free (disabled bays available)
  • Mobility scooters are available to borrow (first come, first served)
  • Normal admission charges to the park apply, by pre-booked ticket