Explore the wider estate at Blickling

Covering 4,600 acres with 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland, Blickling Estate is great for exploring alone, with family or your four-legged friends.

Explore the wider estate

Explore Blickling's extensive parkland and see some amazing sights, including the Tower, Great Wood and Mausoleum. Our multi-use trail offers smooth terrain whatever the weather and is an ideal circular route for both adapted wheelchairs and buggies. 

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Join our countryside experts for a series of walks and talks about the wider estate…

The Great Wood

See dazzling displays of spring colour across the wider estate. If you're looking for a walk that takes in all the best bits of Blickling's ancient woodland, with stunning views across the lake to the hall itself, then try our Estate walk. 

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Waymarked walks

You can walk across much of this historic countryside using waymarked routes and the estate also connects with other national paths, including the Weavers Way (PDF / 0.7MB) download

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Join our free monthly 10k trail runs at Blickling Estate. They’re a great way to blow away the cobwebs, get some exercise and take in some spectacular scenery. Whether you’re training for a challenge or looking for a sociable jog in the fresh air, all ages, abilities and four-legged friends are welcome.

Selected dates: Sunday 28 April, Sunday 26 May, Sunday 23 June, Sunday 28 July, Sunday 25 August, Sunday 22 September, Sunday 27 October, Sunday 24 November, Sunday 22 December 2019.

A group of runners make their way through Blickling's sweeping parkland.
A group of runners make their way through Blickling's sweeping parkland.
A group of runners make their way through Blickling's sweeping parkland.

Butterfly adventures

We're inviting budding nature explorers to take part in our annual butterfly survey any day of the week. This route around the wider estate is ideal for all the family, as it encourages curious minds to discover the wonders of the natural world. You can join in on foot or by bike, just collect a survey sheet from visitor reception and help us to look after these incredible creatures.

Holly Blue
Holly Blue Butterfly
Holly Blue

Creatures great and small

Blickling Estate is home to wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Winter marks the ‘hungry gap’ for insects and birds; therefore in advice of this period many have taken advantage of the last food available, to keep them going throughout this chilly season. Despite its bad press, ivy is in fact the last species to flower on the estate and provides a vital source of nectar and fruit for butterflies, ladybirds, spiders, hornets, birds and many other creatures at the end of autumn, before the temperature drops...

Make memories

The wider estate is the perfect for sharing with friends and family. You'll never forget your first sight of of the breath-taking red brick mansion that sits at the heart of a magnificent historic park in the beautiful Bure meadows. There's something for everyone, on foot, by bike or with your four legged friends.

 

Fun ideas

Please don't hesitate to ask at Estate Barn visitor reception, off the main car park, for recommendations for walks, places to discover and things to see. How about asking about Lady's Cottage or the parkland sundial? We also have a fun and free family parkland trail for you to collect and enjoy answering riddles as you walk around the park.

Cycling on the estate at Blickling, Norfolk
Family cycling on the estate at Blickling, Norfolk
Cycling on the estate at Blickling, Norfolk

Dog walking

Livestock graze freely, so please keep dogs under close control at all times. We also ask that you keep your dog on a lead when in the car park and whilst walking around the lake. Please always respect other park users. Dogs are welcome in the Farmyard outdoors are, where you will find Blickling's second-hand bookshop, plant centre and courtyard cafe. They are also welcome in the back room of Muddy Boots cafe and in the Buckinghamshire Arms pub.

Click here to find out more about dog walking at Blickling Estate.


Livestock

Having been returned from arable land, the formal park and the livestock on it constitute an important grazing scheme at Blickling. Look out for cows and sheep at different times throughout the year. 

Please note: the sheep return to our fields this April, so please keep dogs on leads at all times in areas with livestock. 

A view of Blickling Hall across the lake

Blickling Estate's countryside diaries 

Discover the wonders of the great outdoors. From our ongoing conservation work to ideas to inspire you and your family to get out and about, find out more about Blickling Estate...

The River Bure on the Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Restoring the River Bure in Norfolk

Silvergate stream runs for 2km through Blickling Estate, feeding the lake before joining the River Bure, an internationally important and rare chalk stream that flows into the Norfolk Broads National Park...

Three bags of wood from Blickling Estate

Can Blickling help keep your home warm?

Keep the home fires burning with a sack of logs or woodchip from the Blickling Estate. Sacks are available from the plant centre. Alternatively you can order a truck load for £140 with free delivery within 10 miles (a small charge beyond that). It's all seasoned, cut and split hardwood ready for your fire. Contact the countryside team to make your order 01263 731994.

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Blickling from above

Have you ever wondered what Blickling Estate might look like from the air? Take a look at the vast estate, courtesy of Hollywood Drones Ltd, who have kindly produced this teaser video for us. Then come and take a look for yourself and explore the beautiful house, gardens and parkland.