Blickling Estate walk, Norfolk

Walking trail

Enjoy a great walk around most of the Blickling Estate parkland. Visit points of local historical interest including Long Plantation, Great Wood, the Tower, Brickyard and Mausoleum.

Ideal for adventurer families. Not suitable for pushchairs.


Map route for Blickling Estate walk


Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286


From Blickling main car park, facing the visitor centre, go round the left-hand side of the building and follow the path down to the lane.

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A view from the Blickling Visitor Centre


Cross the lane and turn right past the Buckinghamshire Arms, then turn left and walk past the front of the main house driveway.

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The Bucks Arms


Now continuing on, visit the Church of St Andrew ahead.

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Church of St. Andrew just outside Blickling Estate


Now cross the road (with care), and follow the minor road opposite (signposted Weaver's Way), towards Silvergate. At the end of the fence (100yd (91m) or so) on the right hand side, you can enter the wood and have a look at the old 18th-century ice house hidden in Icehouse Plantation. Used until the 1930s, it is grade 2 listed. Returning to the road, turn right until reaching a way marker with a blue arrow (with stile) on the right hand side.


Cross the stile and walk through the small woodland where there is a second stile to be crossed. Continue across the meadow (Pond Meadow) where there is yet another stile to be navigated. The brick building in front of you once housed a pump which fed water to the house during the Second World War. Cross the 'Carr' (just past the pump house), and turn left into the field.

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A view from Pond Meadow towards Blickling Hall on the Estate walk


Follow the path along the field margin until exiting onto the lane, opposite Hall Farm. Turn right along the lane for 110yd (100m) or so and look for a way-marker on the left. Turn left up the track, go past a cottage, and just before reaching the main road, turn left and follow the path that runs alongside the road, and Hercules Wood.

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At the end of this path, turn right and crossing the busy road with care, head towards a kissing gate ahead. Just before reaching the gate, turn left into Long Plantation and follow the path, (which can be muddy).

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Long Plantation after Hercules Wood on the Blickling Estate walk


After a short walk you will arrive at the Tower (on your right).

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Blickling Tower on the old steeple chase racecourse


After leaving the Tower, continue along the waymarked path until almost reaching the road. Ignoring the path directly ahead, turn sharp right and continue along the edge of Buck's Common woodland until reaching a gate at its end. Go through the gate and continue across Hyde Park (cattle freely graze this area) until reaching another section of woodland in the distance and another gate. Go through the gate and turn immediately right.The path now continues downhill alongside Bunker's Hill Plantation towards Great Wood.

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Heading downhill towards Great Wood on the Blickling estate walk


When reaching the bottom of the hill, turn right and follow the edge of Great Wood uphill until reaching the second seat on the left. Now turn left and follow the path until reaching an open area with the Mausoleum to your left.

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After visiting the Mausoleum head back along the edge of the woodland and take the 2nd path on the left. Follow the path, bearing right further on, and head towards, and then following, the edge of the arable field in front of you. Enjoy extensive views down to the River Bure and beyond, until reaching a small area of woodland known as the Beeches.

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A view uphill towards a row of Beeches on the Blickling Estate walk


After entering the woodland, turn immediately right, and leaving the Beeches behind you head downhill, watching out for grazing animals until reaching the park gates at the bottom. Exit through the small gate and after 27yd (25m) turn left and then the entrance to the main car park will be found on your right with the visitor centre, toilets, and the end of your walk. The café, restaurant and shops beckon, not forgetting Blickling Hall.

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Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

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Blickling Estate walk, Norfolk


Mostly waymarked - blue arrows on white-topped posts (not between points 11 and 12). Grass paths, seats, tree roots, gates, stiles. May be muddy in wet weather. Suitable footwear recommended. Not suitable for wheelchair or pushchairs.

Dogs welcome - keep on leads around livestock please, and remove dog litter.

Blickling Estate walk, Norfolk

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Blickling Estate walk, Norfolk

How to get here

Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NF
By train

Aylsham (Bure Valley Railway from Hoveton and Wroxham) 1¾ miles (2.8km). North Walsham 8 miles (13km).

By road

1½ miles (2.4km) NW of Aylsham on B1354, signposted off A140 Norwich/Cromer.

By bus

Services from Norwich to Holt and Sheringham, alight Aylsham 1½ miles (2.8km).

By bicycle

On B1354 Aylsham to Saxthorpe road. Regional Sustrans route 33 passes near the property. Permitted path alongside Bure Valley Railway.

Blickling Estate walk, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Car park (free to NT members)
  • Visitor centre in car park
  • Plant Centre
  • Second-hand book shop
  • Food: Restaurant. Seasonal Courtyard café. (check website for opening times in autumn/winter), Buckinghamshire Arms (when open).
  • Children's play area
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets in main car park and restaurant