Walking

Walking trail

Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk

Walking trail

Listen for the deep croak of ravens and woodpeckers tapping trees and enjoy the bluebells, primroses, wild daffodils and the eye-catching insects associated with the old trees on the estate.

misty view of the parkland at Brockhampton

Map

Map route for Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk

Start:

Hollybank car park, grid ref: SO682546

1

Begin this walk from main estate car park, following the Beech or Oak way-marked paths (yellow and green, respectively). Both lead to the accessible car park, point 1 on the map. From Hollybank car park follow the Red Holly Walk signs.

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2

As the path weaves its way through the woods, look for the first sculpture of the walk - an archway. Its carvings of woodland creatures were created with school children. The left-hand path further on has a shorter, surfaced trail called the Ash Walk.

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3

The next sculpture you'll see on the walk is the shire horse, modelled on a local shire horse called Harold and made from a huge storm-fallen oak.

4

There are many ancient oak trees here holding up to 300 different species of wildlife. This area of mixed woodland contains many ancient oaks, some of which were planted around the time of Henry VIII. Look out for huge nets used to harvest the acorns in autumn. Flowers, like bluebell and celandine, grow in the shade of large trees. Old trees (particularly oak and fruit trees) have very high numbers of insects associated with them. They also make excellent shelters for bats as they tend to have many crevices and holes for them to squeeze into.

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5

Stone Bridge crosses the stream here; its a place that linked Brockhampton House to the other buildings on the estate. The variety of habitats here means the estate attracts a wide range of birds including raven, buzzard, heron, woodpecker, nuthatch and many common woodland birds.

6

Cross straight over the junction to view Lawn Pool on the right. This landscape feature was created for the Brockhampton House inhabitants to fish and shoot. Coots, moorhens and kingfishers can be seen, along with carp, frogs and toads.

7

After the path that zigzags away from the pool, you come across a picnic table sculpture. The Cartwheel table, designed by Bristol artist Neil Spencer. The shape reflects the carriage wheels used for work in the forestry yard.

End:

Hollybank car park, grid ref: SO682546

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Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk

Terrain

Follow the Holly Walk, a signposted trail along surfaced woodland paths; can be muddy and slippery after rain. Some protruding roots and a few short, steeper sections. The zigzagged part of this walk (see map) is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Other circular walks at Brockhampton include the Heart Walk (1 mile (1.6km)) and the Oak Walk (4.5 miles (7.2km)) Dogs welcome on leads in the parkland and in the woods. Please note: £2.50 entry charge to Estate.

Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk

Contact us

Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk

How to get here

Address
Greenfields, Bringsty, near Bromyard, Herefordshire WR6 5TB
By train

Malvern Link, 8 miles (12.9km), but you can take a train to Hereford or Worcester stations then a bus to the estate boundary from either city

By road

2 miles (3.2km) east of Bromyard and between Worcester and Hereford, just off A44

By bus

Numbers 418 or 420 from Worcester or Hereford, alight at estate boundary near Bromyard

Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Zigzagged part of walk suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Dogs welcome on leads in the parkland and in the woods