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