Walking

Walking trail

A walk in the pleasure grounds at Croome near Worcester

Walking trail

In 1824 William Dean, who was the Botanic Gardener at Croome, in Worcestershire published a book with the catchy title ‘An historical and descriptive account of Croome D’Abitot, the seat of the Right Hon. The Earl of Coventry with biographical notices of the Coventry Family to which are annexed an Hortus Croomensis, and observations on the propagation of exotics.’ Within the book there is a descriptive walk through the ‘Pleasure Grounds’. This trail is a recreation of that walk. Originally it was a circular walk starting at the rear of the house, which included a few areas that sadly no longer exist. To aid the visitor we will start the walk from our Visitor Centre about half way round the original circuit.

Map

Croome pleasure ground walk map

Start:

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

1

From the RAF Visitor Centre turn left into the Wilderness Walk and walk out to the church (at one time you would have been able to turn right and visit the arboretum and the flower gardens but sadly they no longer exist).

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Croome Church painting by Burney 1784

2

From the church turn right and go through the gate into the Evergreen Shrubbery. Follow the path as it meanders through the shrubs. After a short distance you will reach four white plinths which mark the spots where statues of the Four Seasons once stood. Continuing on you will reach the Greenhouse Shrubbery which leads you to the Temple Greenhouse. From the Temple Greenhouse follow the path past the statue of the Druid and on under the Dry Arch Bridge towards the lake.

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Croome Temple Greenhouse by Burney 1784

3

Turn right and follow the path around the lake passing a monument dedicated to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the Grotto and the statue of Sabrina. Continue along the path and cross the first of two bridges to the Island Pavilion and then the second bridge to continue around the lake to the rope bridge. In William Dean’s day there would have been a boat at this point to cross the ‘river’.

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4

After passing under the Dry Arch Bridge turn immediately right, up the slope and turn left through the gate into the parkland. Follow the path to the Court.

5

Walk around the Court to the rear entrance, it is from here the original walk started (you can detour to take a look at the Chinese Bridge if you wish before you start). Standing on the steps looking out across the parkland take the path to the left and eventually through the iron gate into the Home Shrubbery. Originally the path would have gone through what are now the private gardens you see to your left, where there was a dairy, a hot house and an aviary.

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Croome Court by Burney 1784

6

Follow the path up the slope to the Rotunda. Keep an eye out on the left for our best example of a Ginkgo Tree (salisburia adiantifolia) or maiden-hair tree.

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Croome Punchbowl gates

7

From the Rotunda follow the path through the shrubbery keeping the wall of the walled garden on your left. You will pass a monument on your left dedicated to George William, Earl of Coventry, sadly the urn from the top is missing. Just before you reach the road you will see the entrance into the privately owned Walled Garden which is open on selected weekends.

8

Follow the path, crossing a tarmac road, into the Church Shrubbery, passing the bird hide to your right. Continue along the path to the church.

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Croome London Arch by Burney 1784

9

From the church retrace your steps through the Wilderness Walk back to the Visitor Centre.

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End:

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

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A walk in the pleasure grounds at Croome near Worcester

Terrain

Along gravel paths, mostly flat, with one down slope and one up slope, including gates and bridges. Ground will be muddy in wet weather.  Dogs are welcome.

A walk in the pleasure grounds 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.

A walk in the pleasure grounds 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
  • dog tether points and water bowls