Walking

Walking trail

Spring walk at Croome near Worcester

Walking trail

This relaxing circular walk around the outer parkland with superb views across the Worcestershire countryside to the Malvern hills and great spots to see the Croome's spring flora and fauna.

Map

Croome spring trail map

Start:

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

1

From the Visitor Centre, follow the path through the Wilderness Walk shrubbery (look out for spring flowering bulbs) to a gate which brings you to the top of Church Hill. Walk around the front of the church and pass through a metal gate into Church Shrubbery. Follow the path eventually passing the bird hide on your left where you can see a variety of wild birds.

Walker going through gate by Church

2

Follow the path, crossing a tarmac road. Continue along the path until you reach the Rotunda. Keep your eye out for our squirrels who frolick around in the trees. From the Rotunda follow the path to the right down through the Home Shrubbery to the iron gate at the bottom.

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3

Go through the iron gate into the park and follow the path to the right towards the Court. Continue along the path from the Court to the Chinese Bridge.

Path to Court and Chinese Bridge

4

From the Chinese Bridge, staying on the Court side of the river, follow the mown path alongside the river for about three quarters of a mile until you reach a stile. Along the way you will see a lot of our birdlife, if you are lucky you will see a kingfisher or a heron. Cross the stile and walk clockwise around the pool.

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Cross the stile

5

Cross over a small bridge. Just before the bridge there is a bench, a great spot to sit awhile and if you are lucky you will hear nightingales singing.

Cross the small bridge

6

Just after the bridge turn left across a wooden platform into the shelter belt, this is a narrow wooded area; follow the path for about a mile through the woods until you reach the end of the shelter belt. If you are quiet you might spot muntjac deer in the shelter belt.

Cross the wooden platform

7

At the end of the shelter belt you will see, on the left, a National Trust sign. Turn right, away from the sign, go through the gate and turn right into the field, follow the fence along the shelter belt back in the direction you have just walked.

8

Shortly you will reach three gates on the right, go through the gates until you reach the farm road.

The first of three gates

9

Turn left and walk along this road (there may be a further closed gate across the road, go through it). Walk along the road until you see a large gate on the right back into the park. Go through the gate, turn left and in a few yards on the left you will see another gate, into the lake area.

Go through the gate

10

Enter the lake area and follow the path to the right past the remains of the derelict boat house. Whilst you are walking around the lake look out for spring flowering primroses, dafodills and as the season progresses bluebells.

Enter the lake area

11

Where you meet the main path round the lake, turn left and cross the two white bridges linking the island to the main path. Follow the path around the lake, past the Grotto until you reach the Dry Arch bridge. Turn left under the bridge and follow the path, past the Temple Greenhouse.

Under the dry arch bridge

12

Continue through the Evergreen Shrubbery back to the Church. From here return to the Visitor Centre.

Return to the church

End:

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

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Spring walk at Croome near Worcester

Terrain

Along gravel paths and open fields with some uneven ground.  Mostly flat including gates, bridges and stiles. Ground will be muddy in wet weather.  Dogs are welcome.

Spring 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.

Spring 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
  • dog tether points and water bowls