Explore Charlecote's parkland this winter

Paddock and river at Charlecote on a sunny frosty day in winter

Charlecote’s tranquil parkland is the perfect place to picnic, play or wander all year round. The mown grassy paths are flat enough for wide-wheeled buggies and we'd recommend wellies or sturdy boots.

To discover more about our work looking after this ancient landscape, and about our wildlife, join a free guided park walk when you visit. We depend on our lovely volunteers to lead the walks - just ask what's  happening on your way in.

Family on winter walk in parkland at Charlecote Park

Enjoy a winter walk in Charlecote's parkland

Get away from the central heating for a while with a stroll through the parkland.

A time to relax

Find picnic benches on the paddock by the river and choose your favourite spot. Visitors picnic here twelve months of the year - just wrap up warm! If you’re looking for peace and quiet, we’re always less busy out of school holidays.

Look out for herons swooping in to the bare treetops
Heron swoops in to tops of bare trees in parkland at Charlecote

Charlecote’s historic fallow deer herd

There has been a fallow deer herd at Charlecote for centuries, and legend has it that a young William Shakespeare was prosecuted for poaching here. We manage the herd to the highest possible welfare standards and our venison has won Fine Farm Food awards.

Tread quietly and leave your dog at home and they will stay still enough for stunning photographs. Please don't ever approach the deer to touch them. They are wild animals and even our Ranger doesn't handle them.

Charlecote has been home to a fallow deer herd for centuries
Fallow deer on frosty day in winter near Charlecote Park house

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.

Spotting the spotty sheep

The fallow deer happily share the parkland with our pedigree herd of Jacob sheep with their characteristic chocolate-blotch fleeces.

Did you know that George Lucy introduced the very first flock of Jacobs to England from Portugal in 1755?

The fallow deer usually get top billing, but our Jacob sheep have their own story to tell too
Jacob sheep at Charlecote on frosty day in winter parkland

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.

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

Vital conservation work on our trees has been funded by raffle ticket sales
Lime avenue trees at Charlecote Park on frosty day in winter

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.

When the rivers flood we have to close the entire property because we can't see the edges of the riverbanks. Please check the website for information before visiting Charlecote after severe weather.

The family church

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

Enjoy some fresh air with a winter walk through the parkland
St Leonards church at Charlecote in snow from parkland

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.