How walking in nature can help wellbeing

The beech avenue at Buckland Abbey

Going on a walk can revive us. Whether we explore quiet woodlands or stroll around our favourite gardens, spending time in nature can give us a sense of peace.

Walking helps to keep our bodies and minds healthy, giving us a breather from the stresses of daily life and the space to gather our thoughts. Exploring open countryside also brings us closer to nature, giving us time to notice how the raindrops cling to a spider's web or listen to the wind in the trees. 

Find a peaceful spot on one of the estate walks
A quiet spot on the estate
Find a peaceful spot on one of the estate walks
" Walking gives me the chance to see my favourite places which brings back special memories. It is a chance for me to escape daily life and experience nature in it's raw form. "
- Helen Trebble

Where can I walk at the moment?

The Great Barn, gardens and the red estate walking trail are open free of charge everyday for you all to enjoy while observing social distancing measures. 

Please download the map below to see what is open.

Buckland Estate and Garden map (PDF / 4,6MB) download

For ever 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.

Walking through the Great North Wood
Walking through the Great North Wood
Walking through the Great North Wood

Garden and Estate Trail

If you are exploring the gardens and estate this Spring, please feel free to download this family nature trail sheet.

If you are exploring nature and the outdoors during this time. Please continue to observe the social distancing measures laid out by the Government. 

Family nature trail sheet (PDF / 0,4MB) download