Walking

Walking trail

Belton Park walk

Walking trail

Belton Park is rich in wildlife and covers about 1,350 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.

Fawn in Belton's Parkland

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 treeline all the way to a gate in the wooden fence.

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Spring blossom in front of Belton House

2

Go through the gate and on your left you’ll see a ha-ha. Built in c.1800 this grade II listed landscape feature provides visitors to the house with uninterrupted views from the mansion along the tree lined avenue to Bellmount Tower in the distance. Make your way across the parkland towards the brow of the hill.

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Two rutting bucks at Belton

3

Pick up the woodland path and head around the back of Old Wood. The wood is identified as Old Wood on estate maps dating back to 1690. Old Wood forms a sanctuary for Belton’s wild fallow deer, and they can often be seen resting here. Once you reach the other side of Old Wood, you’ll eventually see the fence line that denotes the edge of the golf course. Head right and follow the fence line down the hill.

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Young fawn in Belton's parkland

4

You’ll come to a grade II listed Conduit House, built in the early 19th century to house part of the parkland water system. Continuing along the fence line down the hill go through a gate and on your left. You’ll see the Alford Monument within the golf course; a memorial which was erected by Baron Brownlow in 1851 in memory of his son, Viscount Alford. Head left at the corner of the golf course, following the fence line and through a gate at Towthorpe Ponds, heading down towards the Lion Gates.

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Belton Park Alford Monument

5

With your back to the Lion Gates, that once marked the main route into the Belton estate, head left along the grass path towards the River Witham. Along this stretch, you’ll often see or hear Green Woodpeckers, who like to feast 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

Here lays the site of the deserted medieval village of Towthorpe. Look out for signs of earthworks and evidence of the ridges and furrows associated with medieval farming methods. Continue to walk beside the riverbank and enjoy the contrasting riffle and flow river features, as well as possible signs of resident otters and water voles. Then head towards a gate in the small wood.

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7

Go through the gate and head right along Towthorpe Ponds. Kingfishers and dragonflies can sometimes be spotted here, darting across the pond. Make your way towards the old carriageway of the ‘south drive’ and then head north through the gate and 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 House on a clear morning

End:

Belton House main car park, grid ref: SK928391

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Belton Park walk

Terrain

The terrain is firm for most weather conditions. The walk presents a slight hill and 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

Access Belton Park from A607 Grantham to Lincoln road. Belton House is signposted from A1 and A52.

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.