Parkland at Basildon Park

West front of the mansion at Basildon Park from across the parkland

Throughout the year enjoy the changing colours of our landscape. Discover the diversity of our flora and fauna in 400 acres of historic parkland at Basildon Park.

Walk this way

Our four parkland walks are clearly sign posted, easy to follow and of varying lengths and terrains. Of course, you are welcome to take a wander off the beaten track. Put your wellies on, choose your route and enjoy your walk.

Join us for an outdoor walk around our magnificent parkland. They are led by our warden or a member of our volunteer team and leave from the stable yard at 11am each Friday.

Seasonal changes

In spring bluebells and buttercups start to come out in the parkland, while birds get busy building their nests. Summer brings out beautiful orchids which you can seek out in the hidden valley; this is also the best time for butterfly and bug watching.

In autumn the tree leaves carpet the parkland and you can pick berries and scour out fungi on your walks. The winter trees offer a new perspective of the parkland, giving you more depth of field to explore.

Family fun in the park

There are many areas of the parkland for children to explore and play. Some of the clearings are perfect for a bit of den building.

See if you can spot our livestock. During parts of the year we have many different types of cattle grazing on the parkland, including belted Galloways and beef shorthorns.

There are lots of spaces to enjoy a picnic in our parkland - perfect to enjoy a bite to eat while you're out exploring one of our way-marked walks.

Military foundations

The parkland was used for tank training during the Second World War and Nissen huts were built to hold prisoners of war. You can still spot the foundations of some of the Nissen huts today along our parkland walks. 

Requisitioned in wartime and used as a tank training area, the parkland sustained large amounts of damage. The Iliffe family went about repairing the landscape, work which is now continued by us.