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 south face of Belton House. As you look at the mansion, you will see a gate on the right that leads to the gardens and another gate that leads into the parkland, go through the gate into the parkland.

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Spring blossom in front of Belton House

2

Follow the tree line all the way to a gate in a wooden fence, and go through the gate. Make your way across the parkland towards the brow of the hill. You may notice Bellmount Tower in the distance. The tower was completed in 1751 and designed as both a focal point and a viewing tower.

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Two rutting bucks at Belton

3

Turn right and head towards Old Wood and pick up the woodland path. Even on maps of the estate dating back to 1690, this area of land is referred to as ‘Old Wood’. The herd of around 300 fallow deer often seek sanctuary in Old Wood so please take care not to disturb them, especially during June when they are fawning.

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Young fawn in Belton's parkland

4

Along the path, you’ll eventually see the fence line that denotes the edge of the golf course. Head right and follow the fence line around the edge of the golf course. You will see the Alford Monument within the golf course to your left, created in memory of Viscount Alford, son of First Earl Brownlow.

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Belton Park Alford Monument

5

Continue to follow the fence line and make your way towards the Lion Gates.

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

6

With your back to the Lion Gates, head left and towards the River Witham. You're now walking around 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.

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7

Walk beside the river bank to look out for examples of river features such as an oxbow, riffle, meander, pool or flood plains. Then head towards a small wood. At the edge of the wood, turn right and follow the path to a kissing gate.

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A rare white clawed crayfish

8

Make your way towards the old carriageway and head north through the gate and back onto the oval in front of the house. We hope you’ve enjoyed your walk around Belton Park.

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.