An autumn colour walk at Croome near Worcester

Walking trail

This easy autumn colour walk has refreshment and toilet stops on the way with great spots of interests such as the ice house, bird hide, house, lakeside and Temple Greenhouse to enjoy.

Croome Court exterior in autumn

Map

Croome Autumn Colour Walk Map

Start:

National Trust Croome, Visitor Centre, near High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW

1

From the Visitor Centre, go past the shop and the shuttle stop, through the gate and turn left into the Wilderness Walk. On the left you will see a smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria), continue along the path towards the Church.

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2

As you leave the Wilderness Walk to enter the main parkland on your right is a beech tree (Fagus sylvatica). Follow the path past the entrance to the Church and turn left through the gate into the Church Shrubbery.

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Riot of autumn colour in the parkland

3

Follow the path, passing near the Ice house and the Bird Hide off to your left and cross the tarmac road into the Home Shrubbery. Heading towards the Rotunda, on the left you will see a very old example of mulberry (Morus nigra). Continue to the Rotunda and then turn right continuing down through the Home Shrubbery.

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4

On your right as you walk through the Home Shrubbery you will see oriental plane trees (Platanus orientalis) and a maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba). On the left, just before the gate into the parkland, you will see a swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum). These are all mentioned in the Hortus Croomensis, the 1824 guide book to Croome.

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5

Go through the gate and turn right following the path past the Court and head for the Chinese Bridge.

Croome autumn colour walk step 5

6

Cross over the bridge and here you will find two fine examples of london plane trees (Platanus x hispanica) which Brown loved to plant near water.

7

Turn right and follow the path alongside the ‘river’. Go through the gate into the lakeside and turn left following the path towards the white bridge over to the island.

Croome autumn lakeside

8

Cross the first bridge onto the island where you will see a large horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). (A good place to look for conkers) Cross the second bridge and follow the path leading you towards the Grotto.

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Island Pavilion Bridges

9

Just before the Grotto, on the left, you will see a lime tree (Tilia cordata). Continue to follow the path round the lakeside and turn left under the Dry Arch Bridge. Above you will see examples of holly (Ilex aquifolium) with its bright red berries.

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10

Follow the path where, on the left, you will see another example of the maidenhair tree. Continue past the Temple Greenhouse into the Evergreen Shrubbery where you will see examples of privet (Ligustrum vulgare).

11

Continue along the path to the Church and then go through the gate returning to the Visitor Centre through the Wilderness Walk.

End:

National Trust Croome, Visitor Centre, near High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW

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An autumn colour walk at Croome near Worcester

Terrain

Along gravel paths, grassland and mostly flat including gates, bridges and two small hills.  Dogs are welcome.

An autumn colour walk at Croome near Worcester

How to get here

Address
National Trust Croome, Visitor Centre, near High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW
By train

Nearest train station is Pershore, 7 miles away.

By road

Signposted from junction 7 of M5, A38 and B4084.

By bus

Aston's 382  Worcester-Pershore, alight Ladywood/Rebecca road crossroads, 2 mile walk to National Trust Croome.

By bicycle

2 miles from route 46 (Pershore-Worcester), Quiet on-road route.

An autumn colour walk at Croome near Worcester

Facilities and access

  • Visitor centre:
  • toilets including accessible toilets
  • 1940s style restaurant
  • dog tether points and water bowls
  • Croome Court:
  • toilets in house with temporary accessible toilets outside
  • Kitty Fisher's tea-room in basement