Parkland walk - Yellow Route
A challenging walk around the Grade II listed parkland. Veteran trees abound which are now home to many species of wildlife. Work has taken place around the Lawn Pool to open up some of the original views to and from the Georgian mansion house. This route can be quite muddy at this time of year, so make sure you wear suitable footwear. Please be aware that there is currently a diversion in place whilst we undertaken essential maintenance work at Lawn Pool. As a result, this walk is currently half a mile longer than normal. Please follow all diversion signs and be cautious of heavy machinery on site.
Car park at Lower Brockhampton
Walk back towards the entrance to the car park then fork left following the yellow markers into the field that runs parallel to the drive. Walk away from the manor (remembering to turn around to enjoy the view) until you go though the gate at the other end of the field.
Follow the path down into the woods. By the stream turn right following the yellow markers. The path runs along the side of the drive before turning left back into the woods. Cross over the stream and take the right fork in the path through Lookout wood.
This part of the park consists of steeply undulating land and lies behind Brockhampton House, the Georgian mansion. Service drives once accessed the mansion, stables, and offices from this side of the park. The land use appears to have historically been pasture and a map from 1829 shows the area still essentially in fields.
The path will eventually lead to the road. Follow the road right, up the hill past the car park and chapel.
The chapel The Grade II listed Brockhampton Chapel was built around 1799, designed by the architect George Byfield. It was one of the earliest churches in Herefordshire to be built in a Gothic-revival style and is both well designed and well preserved. It retains many of its interior fittings, including gallery, pews, and pulpit, that give the interior its authentic early 19th century character. The chapel is not within National Trust ownership, although is wholly surrounded by the National Trust estate.
After the chapel, turn left into the field and follow the path around the chapel. When you reach the road turn right, and follow it for a short distance before turning left into the field.
in 1769, not long after Bartholomew Barneby had built the new mansion, Thomas Leggett was commissioned to to produce a layout for the parkland. Leggett’s ambitious plans, which included a serpentine lake and extending the grounds by 400 acres, were never realised, but the Barnebys still sculpted the estate. Bartholomew and his son John, planted trees, took out field boundaries and converted arable land, orchards and hop grounds into designated land. By 1829 the parkland comprised about 100 acres, mostly east of Brockhampton House.
Follow the path through the field and into the next field. You will cross over the driveway and into a third field. Look out for the sheep and cows that graze the estate.
Brockhampton has been involved in agriculture since at least the time of the Domesday Book. Jacob sheep, Ryeland sheep, red-legged partridge and Hereford cattle can be spotted on the estate.
You will enter a wooded area, and see Lawn Pool in front of you. Continue on the path around lawn pool and cross the stream. Begin descending the hill through the field. Don’t forget to have a break and admire the views!
Looking up at Bartholomew’s mansion, this tranquil triangular pond is one of the woodland’s most distinctive features. Our first record of there being water here is in Thomas Leggett’s 1769 parkland design, when he proposed a serpentine lake in the area. However, we’re not sure if the current pool is an amendment of his design or whether it was a pre-existing landscape feature that Leggett was proposing to extend.
When you come across the path, follow it to the left, back into Lookout wood and across the stream until you reach the road. Follow the path beside the road down the hill and through the woodland. Pass through the gate into the field towards the manor house.
Car park at Lower Brockhampton
You made it
Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.