Making strides to boost access at Blickling Estate

Stuart Banks standing in parkland with cows behind

With 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland we've been working hard to improve access and our visitor experience. Stuart Banks, Countryside Manager, explains to 'Just Aylsham' magazine what his team have been up to around the estate.

A 7km long multi-use trail has been finished in recent weeks which makes its way around the park and is suitable for walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. The trail, which was built in partnership with Sport England, will be launched officially in June once some gates have been installed to complete the project.

Find out more about the multi-use trail

" As well as improving disabled access, it will reduce issues with muddy puddles at certain times of the year. And from a conservation point of view it will reduce the impact on the land away from the paths."
- Stuart Banks, Countryside Manager

The circular path will be waymarked and passes through various well known parts of the estate, including the bluebell woodland near Woodgate care park. The Lake Walk, the most popular walk on the estate, will also be improved over the next three years thanks to a £50,000 pot. Surfaces will be improved where they are poor, meaning that walkers will again be able to keep their feet dry. Improvements will be made, where needed, to the paths around the lake.

Join one of our guided walks

The secrets of the Mausoleum

Regular guided walks to the Mausoleum, which was built as a tomb for the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire and his two wives, are running every Sunday at 2pm. Meet at the main car park and you will hear about the history of the Mausoleum and the park's development. The walks are free.

The Blickling Bounders

The first Monday of the month sees a new dog walking club, Blickling Bounders, meeting at 10am in the main car park. One of our rangers will be on hand to speak to dog walkers and explain some of the estate's challenges. Branded Blickling dog waste bags will soon be available at stations in the four car parks around the estate and are already being given out from the estate barn. Dog leads can also be bought or borrowed if owners have forgotten theirs.

Our rangers are passionate about caring for the countryside
A countryside ranger chatting to two dog walkers
Our rangers are passionate about caring for the countryside

Reproduced with kind permission of Just Regional