Autumn at Brockhampton

pink roses climb on the front of the timber framed manor house

Roses continue to ramble and climb in the manor house gardens and the edges of the moat are filled with reeds as summer slowly turns to Autumn.

Exploring Brockhampton at this time of year provides visitors with a view of the estate at the most bountiful time. The orchards surrounding the manor house are laden with fruit and you get a real sense of why people have been living and farming near here for over 900 years. 

Apple orchard Brockhampton Estate
Apple tree in orchard, blue sky

The swallows and house martins which have made Brockhampton home over the summer begin to think about their journey to Africa for winter and you may spot them preparing for their long migration by lining up on the wires and rooftops around Lower Brockhampton.

Misty morning in the parkland
Brockhampton parkland view, trees and mist

In the woodlands the leaves begin to change colour and a wide range of hues from gold to deep purple can be seen in the canopy around the estate. Autumn is the perfect time for a crisp walk rustling through leaves in the woods or parkland. With 6 walking routes to explore from a quick stroll to a more intensive hike through the rolling landscape it’s a great time of year to explore the wider estate.
After the first frosts fungi burst into life in the woodlands and ancient parkland marking the changing of the seasons with their weird display.

Damsons are typically used to make preserves in autumn
Close view of a tree laden with ripening damsons at Hill House Farm on the Brockhampton EstateClose view of a tree laden with ripening damsons at Hill House Farm on the Brockhampton Estate

In the orchards the damson harvest is the first to arrive in September. With over 200 damson trees the harvest lasts for the whole month with plenty of fruit for visitors who like to pick their own.

Apples hanging on a bough
Red and green apples in orchard

October brings the apple harvest to the orchards with apple pressing events celebrating Herefordshire’s traditional cider making history. Visitors can help out with the harvest and pick their own fruit to enjoy at home. Help us manage the ancient orchards which are home to a wide variety of special and rare creatures.