Carriage rides walk - Yellow Route
The longest and most challenging walk, taking in the fine views offered by the Georgian planned carriage rides. This walk takes in all aspects of Brockhampton; including the moated manor house and surrounding farmland. Much of the woodland along this route is managed not only for its quality timber but also the abundant array of wildlife that can be found. Spectacular cascades can also be heard and seen at various times of the year.
Manor house, Lower Brockhampton
Begin this walk near the manor house. Turn right before you reach the manor house and follow the route through the damson orchard, signed with yellow way markers.
Continue to follow the yellow way marked trail from the damson orchard and into the apple orchard behind the manor house. Turn left as you enter the apple orchard and follow the path. As you leave the apple orchard cross the farm track and enter the wildflower meadow opposite via a gate. Turn right and walk along the length of the wildflower meadow until you leave the meadow via a gate. Follow the path down the hill and pass through a further gate near Paradise wood.
Turn left after the gate and follow the yellow way markers along the bottom of the woodland. Keep the stream on your left. As you reach some boggy ground near the stream you will see one of the tufa formations growing in the water. This limestone is formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate in ambient water bodies. Tufa formations can be found in several of the streams found around Brockhampton and was also used in the building of the Norman chapel at the centre of the Estate.
Continue to follow the yellow way marked route. You will pass through a section of woodland which in spring has some of the best bluebell displays on the estate. You may also see other ground flora such as mushrooms and fungi in autumn and winter. Continue along the path until you leave the woodlands and follow the route to the left.
The walk now begins to climb up through the estate towards the ancient Hill house farm. This grade II listed building was constructed in the seventeenth century and was originally timber framed. It was rebuilt in the eighteenth century in brick. The farm was modified further in the nineteenth century to the design you can see standing today. The farm buildings nearby are also very historic and although not open to the public, the timbers upstairs bear the same marks of protection which can be seen in the manor house and gatehouse at Lower Brockhampton. Thought to have been used to try and protect timber buildings from fire these burn marks are a sign of the traditional beliefs that people living here once had. Continue to follow the route until you reach a view point looking out east over the estate.
Continue along the yellow way marked trail which now enters woodland and continues to climb up through the estate following the rise of the hill. The route now leaves the woodland and veers slightly to the left as you reach a viewpoint overlooking the estate. Here you can imagine Bartholomew Lutley stepping down from his carriage to enjoy the view of his estate which he mapped in 1787. Beyond the Brockhampton boundaries you may be able to see the Malvern hills rising in the South East.
You are now approaching the highest point on this walk. Continue along the yellow way marked trail until you reach Warren farm. This is the largest farm on the estate. The grade II listed farmhouse dates from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. The house is built mainly of roughly squared and coursed stone with a tiled roof. Other historic farm features include elaborate stone pig styes and barns. Continue along the ridge of the hill past Warren farm and follow the way markers left which cross into the parkland and down across the grass slope towards Brockhampton church.
Continue down the slope until you reach the tarmacked drive and continue right along this drive at the top of the parkland, passing in front of Brockhampton church. This gothic church was built in 1798 to the deign of George Byfield. The church is open one Sunday of the month for services and is managed by the Hereford Diocese. Conitnue along the drive at the top of the parkland passing in front of the stone wall which once formed the walled garden serving the Mansion house, commissioned by Bartholomew Lutley and his wife. Follow the driveway towards the woodland near the hairpin bend on the drive. Continue through the gateway and into the woodland, turn left and follow the way marked route down through the woodland.
As you reach the bottom of the path through the woodland you will cross Hyde dingle, one of the many streams that criss-cross the estate. Turn right here onto the driveway and continue along the drive for around 100 metres. Turning right into the woods follow the yellow way marked route through the woods, keeping Hyde dingle on your right. The route then turns left near a field boundary and then enters the field, heading toward Lower Brockhampton manor house. Follow the path through the field. At the end of the field exit to your right. You are now back at the main car park at Lower Brockhampton.
main car park, Lower Brockhampton
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