Explore Charlecote's parkland this autumn

Enjoy beautiful autumn colours with a walk through Charlecote Park

Charlecote's tranquil parkland is the perfect place to play, wander or picnic all year round. Autumn sees the trees take on firelight colours before the foliage falls in this ancient landscape.

To discover more about our work and wildlife, join a free guided park walk on the day of your visit. We depend on our lovely volunteers to lead the walks - just ask what's happening today on your way in.

Bring your binoculars

Our riverside setting is a wildlife haven and it’s an ideal spot for birdwatching. Our licensed ornithologists check nests and nestboxes and keep an eye on the birds throughout the year, producing a detailed report for us.

Nuthatches feast on autumn beechnuts in the parkland
Look out for wildlife in Charlecote's parkland, like these nuthatches feasting on beechnuts
Nuthatches feast on autumn beechnuts in the parkland

Charlecote’s livestock

You can often get quite close to where our fallow deer are grazing – keep checking our What's On page for special behind-the-scenes walks with the Ranger at different times of year, they always sell out.

Cold weather in the autumn triggers the annual deer rut - you'll often be able to hear the bucks bellowing around the parkland at this time of year.

As the deer rut begins in autumn you may hear the bucks bellowing
Fallow deer buck bellowing in autumn at Charlecote Park
As the deer rut begins in autumn you may hear the bucks bellowing

The deer happily share the parkland with our pedigree herd of Jacob sheep. Did you know that George Lucy introduced the very first flock of Jacobs to England from Portugal in 1755?

Caring for the environment

As part of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme we manage the parkland to ensure the widest possible environmental benefits.

We look after our ancient trees in the park and manage our rare fruit varieties in the orchard. Our annual Tree Survey checks the condition of every tree in the parkland. 

It's easy to see why autumn is our favourite season for a walk through the parkland
Visitors at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire stroll through the autumn parkland
It's easy to see why autumn is our favourite season for a walk through the parkland

Pick up a Tree Walk trail on your way in and find out more about some of our special trees.

Pick up lovely shiny conkers in the parkland
Conkers in autumn parkland at Charlecote Park
Pick up lovely shiny conkers in the parkland

Fascinating fungus

Look carefully around the parkland in the autumn, there are many different examples of fungus in the grass and growing on the trees. Their forms change quickly as they mature making some of them hard to identify, and they're great for close-up photography - we'd love to see your pictures on social media.

Look out for Dryad's Saddles, Shaggy Inkcaps or Common Earthballs
Look out for fascinating fungi in Charlecote Park's autumn parkland
Look out for Dryad's Saddles, Shaggy Inkcaps or Common Earthballs

Centuries of tradition

Have you noticed the traditional cleft oak paling fencing? This is a rural craft that we're delighted to be able to keep alive. The varied heights of the panels confuse the deer so that they don't jump over the fence, although they easily could!

We're glad that we can keep this traditional fencing style in the parkland
Charlecote's traditional oak fencing keeps the fallow deer in the parkland
We're glad that we can keep this traditional fencing style in the parkland

The family church

Your parkland stroll will bring you to St Leonard’s church, rebuilt by Mary Elizabeth Lucy in memory of her husband.

Please note that there's no direct re-entry to the parkland from St Leonard's church
Charlecote Park visitors walk to St Leonard's church in the autumn parkland
Please note that there's no direct re-entry to the parkland from St Leonard's church

Please note that the gate is one-way and does not allow re-entry to the parkland. If you decide to pop in here before you’ve finished your visit, please call in again to Visitor Reception with your sticker and they’ll re-admit you.

Where two rivers meet

Flowing through the park are both Shakespeare’s Avon and its tributary, the little river Dene. They add diversity to the wildlife in the parkland throughout the year. Some of the loveliest photograph spots are around the rivers - send us your favourite pictures on social media, we'd love to see them.

Please note that after heavy rain the rivers are prone to flooding. We have to close the entire property at these times because we can't see the edges of the riverbanks or the lake.

We'll also close on very windy days as some of our ancient trees are fragile. Please check social media for information in the event of severe weather before travelling any distance.