Winter Walking the Estate

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Explore the ancient woodlands here at Buckland Abbey by heading out on one of the circular walks through the estate. Take a gentle stroll through the changing colour of our ancient woodlands. Here are our picks of what's not to be missed this winter.

Woodland Walks


The circular routes start at the waterfall and takes you past the lovely gardens into the Great North Wood and on to the River Tavy where you can follow the riverside path through more woodland. There's plenty of wildlife - look out for Badgers, bats, eels, hobbies, barn owls and deer as you make your way through the woods. 

Dogs are also very welcome on any of the walking routes. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead.

Which walks are best?

The Yellow Route - 1.2Km or 3/4mile 

The yellow route is a 3/4 mile off-road buggy and tramper friendly route lasting about 20 minutes. This circular route takes you through the fields then into the start of the woodland. For a slightly longer walk you can extend this route down the 'monks path' and towards the charcoal pit and back. 

We love our natural woodland pathways, therefore please be aware the paths are not paved or tarmacked and can get quite muddy. 

There are some slopes and hills to gently climb - take your time and enjoy the views. 

The Red Route - 4.5Km or 2.8miles

The red route is the most picturesque and takes you through the fields and woodlands. This route can get quite muddy, especially after heavy rain, so remember to pack the wellies. 

Walking boots are reccomended for this walk, as the paths can be uneven through the woods.

This walk will take around 1:30hr to complete.

The Blue Route - 4.7Km or 2.9miles

For a longer and more distanced walk, the blue route through the woodlands over looking the river is glorious this time of year.

Walking boots are essential for this walk. 

Dog friendly walking 

We are very dog friendly and all the walks are great for dog walking.

Please just remember to keep your dog on a lead at all times.

We do not have any dog poo bins onsite. If your dog has accident whilst you are on the woodland walks - please feel free to 'stick and flick' into the hedgerows. 

Your dog is also welcome inside the Cafe.

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Buckland Abbey Christmas

Join in with the festive magic, as Buckland Abbey transforms into a decorated Tudor home. Or head to the Great Barn where you enter a forest of Christmas trees and be immersed in a river of light.