Walking at Belton House

Belton House with autumn leaves

Make the most of changing seasons at Belton with our recommendations of where’s best to walk and when.

Autumn Shades

A walk through the gardens and parkland at this time of year reveals a palette of autumnal colours from pale yellow and gold to rich auburn and mulberry.

Bring the family and gather leaves for some wild art or go on a scavenger trail. Now is also the time to witness the drama of the rutting season in the parkland as deer clash antlers in their bid for dominance.

Bellmount Tower makes a great landmark to stride out to, especially in the late autumn
View towards the Belmount Tower in late autumn trees

Winter meandering

From crisp, bright, frosty days to atmospheric, misty mornings, Belton is a delight in winter. On these quiet days, Belton deer are often very close to the house and make for great photo opportunities.

Belton's fallow deer herd in the snow
Fallow deer in the snow

At this time of year one of the best views is from top of the slope to the Old Wood (north side). Here you'll find a bench where you can sit and gather your thoughts as you look across the park to the house. 

Another highlight is the view from Bellmount Wood, next to the tower. On a clear day it is stunning. While you're there, if you've time, a walk in the wood is a must.

As the ground begins to thaw, late winter rewards with white blankets of snowdrops throughout the Pleasure Grounds and around the Gothic ruin.

There are carpets of snowdrops throughout Belton's gardens and pleasure grounds
Snowdrop in the gardens at Belton

Spring refreshment

The Pleasure Grounds become carpeted in swathes of daffodils, pale-yellow primroses and delicate blue scilla during March and April but gradually give way to bluebells in May.

There are thousands of daffodils throughout the gardens in spring
Daffodils and the house reflected in the mirror pond

Enjoy a stroll along the Statue Walk and discover Belton's box plant maze, replanted from a 1902 drawing after the original was replaced by a vegetable garden as part of the war effort.

Summer scents

The Italian Garden and classical Orangery were designed by Jeffry Wyattville circa 1820 and a summer stroll here will reward you with a vibrant display of dahlias and lush herbaceous borders.

The Orangery at Belton
The Orangery at Belton

Fragrant lavender beds form part of the parterre planting in the Dutch Garden which lead towards Belton's famous sundial and gently sloping Pleasure Grounds.  

Try the Belton Park walk
Get your walking shoes on and come and enjoy the spectacular seasonal colours of Belton's Parkland. Explore ancient woodland, discover wildlife habitats, spot our fallow deer and enjoy great views of Belton House and Belmount Tower.

Fawn in Belton's Parkland

Belton Park walk

This delightful walk at Belton Park passes key features of ancient woodland and the site of a deserted medieval village.