Berrington den building walk
This path takes you through the parkland straight to the woodland den building area.
Berrington visitor reception SO51109 63702
Walk up the main drive 30m until you see a gate on your left under some trees. Pass through into the parkland and follow the yellow trail.
Go straight ahead following the edge of the field down to the lake. At the lake side turn right following the shore line around to the end.
The 'Capability' Brown Lake
The 14 acre lake was designed and built by Brown around 1778. Today it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the established heronry on the island. The pool is a haven for wildlife from the fish in the lake to the insects, birds and waterfowl on the water.
At the north end of the lake carry straight on across the park with woods on your left and right, until you see a gate into the woods on the left hand side. Go through the gate and follow the path ahead until you reach the far side of the wood.
At the T junction turn left and follow the track and the yellow markers until you see the den building site on your left hand side.
Den building area
The park rangers have cleared an area in the woods and left all sorts of natural building materials to hand. Add to what other families have constructed or create your own grand design. Then you can tick off one of the 50 things to do before your 11 3/4.
Once your den is finished you can retrace your steps back along the track turning right at the junction of the tracks taking you back out of the wood. On the other side of the gate walk straight ahead towards the right hand edge of the small wood in front of you.
At the corner of the small wood turn left by the bench and follow the coppice to the end. Carry straight on across the park heading back towards the house. Enter the gardens to the left of the house through the gate.
As was typical in many of 'Capability' Brown's landscapes he created a ha-ha to invisibly separate the gardens from the parkland.
The mansion OS50493 63176
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