Dog friendly walk at Croome near Worcester
Enjoy some spectacular views of the Worcestershire countryside around Croome's parkland on this dog friendly walk taking in the main sights of our 'Capability' Brown designed landscape. Please pick up a copy of our dog walking policy from the Visitor Centre which will explain where your dog is required to be on a lead.
Croome Visitor Centre, grid ref: SO886451
From the RAF Visitor Centre turn left into the Wilderness Walk and follow the path towards the Church. As you go through the gate at the main entrance into the parkland turn immediately right and follow the fence line to a kissing gate.
Go through the kissing gate into the field and turn left keeping the fence and shrubbery on your left. This field is known as Horse Close and dogs are allowed off the lead in this area if there is no livestock. Walk down through this field passing a pond on your right, keep to the fence line until you reach a kissing gate and a gate into the evergreen shrubbery. There may be a temporary livestock gate in the field go through this first.
The field you will walk through was originally known as Horse Close, Autumn is a great time to do some blackberry picking and you will see lots of blackberries at the bottom of the field.
Go through the kissing gate to the right and continue walking along the fence line, the path will bear right past another pond and there is a footpath marker on a post.
A kissing gate is a type of gate which allows people to pass through, but not livestock. The etymology of the name is that the gate merely "kisses" (touches) the enclosure either side, rather than needing to be securely latched. That hasn’t stopped many clinging to a more romantic notion: that the first person to pass through would have to close the gate to the next person, providing an opportune moment to demand a kiss in return for entry.
Walk diagonally across the field away from the pond towards a large brick house and the corner of the field, this house was once the Coventry Arms public house.
Go through gap in the hedge at the field corner and turn immediately left along the lane (marked private), after 300 metres the lane turns 90 degrees left. Carry on through the gate at the side of the cattle grid and you will see the Punch Bowl Gate entrance into the park.
Go through the right hand gate into the park and after 30 metres turn right onto the path into the lake area. Turn right again and follow the path round the lake, past the Grotto, over one bridge to the Island Pavilion and then over the second bridge.
The Worcester Gate, designed by James Wyatt in 1793 to 1794, was the main entrance to Croome Park from the Worcester side. It is topped with a pair of ornamental coade stone urns in the shape of a Punch Bowl.
A few yards after the second bridge turn right and follow the path past the derelict remains of the boat house to a gate, on the left, into the parkland.
Go through the gate and turn immediately right to another gate. Go through this second gate and turn left following the lane again towards a farm. The lane bears left towards the farm and there is a metal gate which may be closed. Go through this gate.
As you approach the farmyard you will see a wooden gate to your left, (marked with a yellow footpath sign). Go through this gate and head diagonally across the field following the path heading for circle of trees and the dead tree in the centre. Pass between these and keep going until you reach a gate at the end of the lake.
Go through the gate, turn right and follow the path anticlockwise around the sluice pond, crossing a small wooden footbridge, until you reach a stile back into the parkland. Turn right just before this stile and in a few yards go through the gate into the parkland.
Walk up the hill, the Park Seat will be on your right. When you reach the crest of the hill bear left along the ridge and carry on for approx 800 metres. From the ridge if you look to the right you will see the buildings and runways that used to be RAF Defford.
The Park Seat is also know locally at the Owls Nest after a former occupant.
Towards the end of the ridge you will join a farm track with trees on either side, at the end of the trees turn left and walk down the field towards the house keeping the brick wall of the ha-ha and the Rotunda to your right.
A ha-ha is a recessed landscape design element that creates a vertical barrier while preserving an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond.
Join the path and walk around the house following the main path away from the house towards the church, once at the church return to the Visitor Centre through the Wild Walk.
RAF Visitor Centre, grid ref: SO886451
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