Around the estate
Please note that the red estate walk is currently closed. The yellow, green and blue walks are open but can be very muddy and uneven at this time of year, so do bring stout footwear if you plan to go walking.
Meandering paths through woods and farmland, breathtaking views and an abundance of wildlife.
Follow the four waymarked paths, varying in length from 1 mile to 3 miles, which take you through fields now used by our tenant farmer for grazing to the wooded valley leading to the river Tavy below. There are many spots where you can sit and admire the scenery, soak up the peace and quiet and maybe even spot wildlife such as deer, birds of prey and perhaps an otter.
There are many fascinating features to look out for on your walk, like the carp pond which was once used as a holding area for the fish eaten at the Abbey. Cot Lane, now a carpet of flowers in the spring, was the original route from the river to the abbey used by monks and Drake alike.
Forever for everyone
The Great North Wood at Buckland Abbey is what is known as a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). Our goal is to restore it to its former glory of diverse habitats by removing the plantation trees and re-planting with mixed native broad leaf trees. Hopefully in a few hundred years it will start to resemble its former glory, with mighty oaks and lofty beech providing shade for a myriad of wild flower species.
Visit the Higher Paddock play area which is just at the beginning of the red and blue walks, and you'll discover balance beams, great places to build a secret den and even a zip wire. This fantastic area has just had more natural play equipment installed by the Ranger team, who worked with local primary school children to design its layout. Suitable for grown ups too...
Don't miss the medieval beast trail, which you can follow around two of the walks. Pick up a notebook and crayon from Visitor Welcome, and find the moldiwarpes, coneys and herinacius hiding in the woods. When you've finished, you'll have your own collection of rubbings to remind you of your adventure. £1 per child.
Bringing your dog
Dogs are welcome on all of the estate walks, but we would ask that you keep your four legged friend on a lead in areas where there is livestock. For more information, give us a call on 01822 853607 or pop in to Visitor Welcome, where you will be given all the information you need to make the most of your day out.
Something for all seasons
Once you have been for a walk at Buckland Abbey, you'll want to come back again and again. See a carpet of vivid bluebells in spring (usually at its best in late May); enjoy the cool green shade on a hot summer's day, and crunch through a carpet of gold and scarlet leaves in autumn. We're now open up to and just after Christmas too, so you can enjoy a bracing walk on a frosty morning as you take in the views of the Tavy Valley in winter.
We want to ensure that all visitors get to see as much of Buckland Abbey as possible, so if you find walking very far a bit tricky, why not ask about hiring our Tramper? It's an off road mobility scooter which can be taken around the gardens and the yellow estate walk. For more details give us a call on 01822 856045