Spring walks at Buckland Abbey

Little lamb looking at the camera

The Spring flowers are emerging from their Winter slumber, the birds are singing and lambs are being born. Spring is an excellent time of year to escape in nature.

Which walks are open 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

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

Spring Walks

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. 

Spring colour in the gardens
Yellow flowers in the garden with the shaddow of the abbey behind
Spring colour in the gardens

The red walk is the most picturesque of our woodland walks and is most famous for the carpets of Bluebells in May. 

 

A beautiful autumn day over the Buckland estate
A beautiful autumn day over the Buckland estate
A beautiful autumn day over the Buckland estate

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.

Deer captured on camera on the Buckland estate
Deer captured on camera on the Buckland estate
Deer captured on camera on the Buckland estate

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.

Family fun dog walking in the woods
Family walking a big dog in the woods
Family fun dog walking in the woods

Family Trails

Download our Blossom Garden trail or complete some of the 50 things to do outdoors before you're 11 3/4 to keep busy this Spring.