Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers

Walking trail

Calling all young nature explorers! Bring your grown ups and explore Attingham a bit further with our Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers. Look a bit closer and find out more about some of the trees at Attingham as we play I-Spy around the Mile Walk on the way to the Field of Play. If you’re planning ahead for a visit why not bring some paper and wax crayons to make some bark rubbings as you go round, bring a magnifying glass to take a closer look at the leaves, branches and bark, or collect things you find along the trail to make a nature picture when you get home.

Girl sat on a tree trunk in the grounds of Lyme Park


Map of Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers


Visitor Reception, grid ref: SJ5501109896


As you explore the trees on the walk please remember to try not to disturb any wildlife you come across, and ‘leave no trace’ of the fun you’ve had. Everyone needs nature, thank you for helping us look after it! From the Stables Courtyard (toilets, shop, café located here) follow the one way walking route around to the front of the Mansion. Where the path forks to the front of the portico steps bear left and continue around the east side of the Mansion.


The first of the trees to look out for is an English Oak. This tree is behind some railings, has a very wide trunk and its main branches have been cut off. When we remove branches from a tree like this we call it ‘pollarding’. The tree will regrow in a more compact way, continuing to provide a habitat for birds, wildlife and insects. Please do not cross the railings. The path forks just after this tree, bear right walking alongside the river.

An English oak tree at Attingham Park


Look out for this Stone Pine next. You won’t find many of these in gardens in the UK. Do they remind you of any other trees you might have seen? Perhaps Christmas trees? if you've brought some paper and wax crayons why not have a go at doing a bark rubbing from this tree.

A Stone Pine tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham


Next up we’re looking for a curiously twisted looking tree, on the left hand side of the path. This is a Contorted Hazelnut Tree.

The Contorted Hazel tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham


Let’s carry on to a curiously name Cucumber Tree. This is a Magnolia tree, it has wide leaves and that it small flowers that appears in June. It’s called a Cucumber Tree because it grows unripe fruit, that look like a small cucumber. What do the leaves feel like?

the leaf of the Cucumber Tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham


As you continue along the path you’ll see a giant of a tree in front of you, its called a Cedar of Lebanon and is likely to be around 220 years old. It's a great place to stop off for a photo! Please stay behind the railings. Take the left turning after the Cedar of Lebanon to continue around the Mile Walk.

Majestic Cedar of Lebanon on the Mile Walk at Attingham Park.


Shortly after turning left to curve around the top of the Mile Walk look out for the Cut Leaf Beech on the right hand side of the path. Its also known as the Fern Leaf Beech due to the shape of its leaves. During Autumn its leaves turn yellow and orange – are any that colour on your visit? Take a closer look at any fallen leaves with a magnifying glass if you've brought one with you. Have another go at a bark rubbing. Does it look different to the Stone Pine rubbing you did earlier in the Trail?

Cut-Leaf Beech tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham


Continuing along the path can you find the circle of Honey Locust trees? The path cuts through the middle of the circle. How many are in the circle? Continue walking, heading straight ahead when a path joins from the right hand side.

Honey Locust trees at Attingham Park


Not far along this path you’ll find a turn off to the right that takes you to the Field of Play. It’s a great place to stop off for a run around. You’ll find a food and drink kiosk here serving barista coffee, hot and cold drinks, pasties, snacks and sweet treats. There are also toilets in the Field of Play. When you’ve finished in the Field of Play exit via either of the gates and follow the one way route back to the Visitor Reception building.

Field of Play from above Attingham Park Shropshire


Visitor Reception, grid ref: SJ5501109896

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Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers


The walking route is mostly on level, hoggin paths - a mixture of compacted gravel, sand and clay. Paths may be uneven in places.

Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers

How to get here

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

Shrewsbury, 5 miles (8km).

By road

The main entrance to Attingham Park is on the B43850 in the village of Atcham, 4 miles (6.4km) south of Shrewsbury.

By foot

0.5 miles (0.8km) along vehicle driveway from main gates. Cattle grazing in fields along drive during the year.

By bus

Please check routes with Arriva bus services, then 0.5 miles (0.8km) walk along drive from main gates.

Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Stables, Brew House, Walled Garden and Field of Play.
  • Carriage House Cafe and Kiosk in Field of Play open for takeaway hot drinks, cakes, scones, ice cream, pasties and sausage rolls with outdoor seating available.
  • In line with government guidelines you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces. Please bring one with you.
  • Dogs must be on leads in ALL areas of the site at all times.
  • Designated blue badge parking.
  • Trampers/Wheelchairs (subject to availability) can be hired by visitors with pre-booked tickets to visit by calling Visitor Reception between 10am - 4pm on 01743 708118 no later than 4pm the day before your visit.
  • Changing Place toilet available with radar key (ask at Visitor Reception).