Belton Park walk

Walking trail

Belton Park is rich in wildlife and covers around 1300 acres, of which 750 acres is designated deer park.

Explore the park and woodland with historical highlights

The route passes key features of ancient woodland, highlights built structures and wildlife habitats and points out the site of a deserted medieval village.

Belton buck herd in front of the mansion

Map

Map route for Belton park walk

Start:

Belton House main car park, grid ref: SK928391

1

Make your way from the visitor reception building towards the front steps of Belton House. As you look at the mansion, follow the small gravel path on your right into the park, keeping the estate railing on your left. During the spring and summer months, when sheep are grazing this area of the park, you will also have to go through a small pedestrian gate to pass through the temporary electric fencing. Follow the tree line all the way to the gate in the wooden fence.

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Spring blossom in front of Belton House

2

Go through the gate and on the left you’ll see a ha-ha. Walk towards the first row of lime trees that make up the East Avenue. Ahead, catch a glimpse of Bellmount Tower, a mid-18th-century Grade II listed landscape feature. Walk up the avenue, away from the house, towards the brow of the hill.

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Belton's East Avenue in spring

3

Before the wooden gate, bear right along the fence line and up the hill to pick up the path that runs along the back of Old Wood. The wood is identified as ‘Old Wood’ on estate maps dating back to 1690. The wood is a sanctuary for Belton’s wild fallow deer, and they can often be seen resting here. Once you reach the other side of the wood, you’ll come to the fence line that denotes the edge of the golf course. At this point bear right, heading downhill and passing the 19th century Grade II listed Conduit House on your left.

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Young fawn in Belton's parkland

4

Following the fence line, head down the hill and through the wooden hand-gate. You will pass the Alford Memorial on your left-hand side. This memorial was commissioned by the first Earl Brownlow in 1851 in memory of his son, Lord Alford, husband of Marian Alford. Turn left at the corner of the golf course and head towards the gate at the head of Towthorpe Ponds. Once through the gate, continue along the path through the wooded area, still keeping the golf course on your left. This will take you to the Lion Gates at the far end of the park.

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Conduit House in Belton park

5

With your back to the gates, proceed up the avenue towards the house for 50 metres then follow the waymarked path to your left that will lead you towards the River Witham. Along this stretch you’ll often see or hear green woodpeckers, who like to feed on the yellow meadow ants found in the numerous ant hills.

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A visitor walking their dogs in front of Belton's lion gates

6

Keeping the river on your left, you’ll pass the site of the deserted medieval village of Towthorpe. Look out for signs of earthworks and evidence of the ridge and furrow associated with medieval farming methods as you follow the path between meadow and river. Proceed through a small copse until you come to a wooden hand gate at the far end of the Towthorpe Ponds.

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Belton house river witham

7

Pass through the gate, keeping a look out for the kingfishers and dragonflies that can sometimes be spotted darting across the ponds, and continue straight along the path until you approach a fence. Bear right here and make your way towards the old carriageway of the ‘south drive’, which you then join to head back towards the Mansion.

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A rare white clawed crayfish

8

You’re now back at the top of the oval where, during the spring and summer months, you can watch Belton Park Cricket Club play their home matches.

Belton Park Cricket Club playing a home game on Belton's Oval Lawn

End:

Belton House main car park, grid ref: SK928391

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Belton Park walk

Terrain

The terrain is firm in most weather conditions. There's a slight hill and a number of gates, but no stiles.

Dogs must be kept on leads at all times due to the presence of deer and grazing livestock.

Belton Park walk

Contact us

Belton Park walk

How to get here

Address
Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS
By road

Located on the A607, Grantham to Lincoln road, Belton House is signposted from the A1 and A52.

Parking: provided free of charge. Please note: all visitors (including members) must obtain a ticket from visitor reception.

SatNav: please use NG32 2LW for directions.

By bus

Bus 1 (Lincoln – Grantham) and Bus 27 (Sleaford – Grantham) both stop outside the main entrance of Belton House.

Belton Park walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking, please note grounds admission applies.
  • On arrival, please check-in at Visitor Reception, including National Trust members.