Walking

Walking trail

Belton's Moondial walk

Walking trail

This year we’re marking the 30th anniversary of Moondial, the much-loved children’s book by BAFTA award-winning author Helen Cresswell.

Following Minty's footsteps...

Inspired by the sundial at the heart of Belton’s formal gardens, the story tells of a young girl who discovers that the sculpture is in fact a magic portal to the past. The popularity of the book boomed when the BBC commissioned it for a children’s television series and radio play. Regarded as a nostalgic favourite by followers of 1980s children's drama, Moondial was filmed almost entirely on location at Belton House.

Belton’s sundial was made famous in Helen Creswell’s book ‘Moondial’

Map

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Start:

The West Courtyard

1

Let your eyes wander over the courtyard to find your way to the corner entrance to the garden. What do you see? How does it make you feel?

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Belton Garden Entrance

2

As you pass through the door into the garden turn right, making your way towards the North Terrace. Step onto the terrace and look out over the Dutch Garden. Has this garden been waiting for you?

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Belton's Dutch Garden in Spring

3

Make your way down the steps into the sunken garden. At the bottom turn around and look back at the house. Why might Minty think she was being watched?

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The North Front at Belton House, a restoration country house built 1685-88

4

Walk on, taking steps that have already been measured for you. Lift your eyes to find ahead, at the crossroads of the garden, another statue. Can you feel the power in the air, so strong that Minty could hardly breathe? Why do you think the Gods of Time and Love are important to Moondial?

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The moondial at Belton House, Lincolnshire

5

Continue your way down the garden path and turn left at the end towards the church. Find the churchyard gate to your right and look through. This twelfth-century parish church of St Peter and St Paul belongs to the Lincoln Diocese. What do you sense that signifies a mystery? What churchyard smells are in the air today?

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The parish church of St. Peter and Paul

6

Make your way to the Orangery which houses Belton’s collection of lush foliage and exotic blooms. Located at the top of the Italian Garden, Sir Jeffry Wyatville designed the Orangery with glass walls and stone pillars to create an illusion. What classic Roman structure do you think Sir Jeffry was inspired by?

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Belton House

7

Look out over the Italian Garden to spot the watery pool of reflecting glass. Walk towards the water fountain and sit quietly on its edge. What song reflects your feelings at this special place?

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The fountain was built by Sir Jeffry Wyatville in 1816

End:

The Italian Garden

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Belton's Moondial 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.

Belton's Moondial walk

Facilities and access

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