Walking

Walking trail

Dog friendly walk at Croome near Worcester

Walking trail

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.

Map

Croome dog walk map

Start:

Croome Visitor Centre, grid ref: SO886451

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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.

2

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.

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Croome dog walk step 2

3

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.

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Croome dog walk step 3

4

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.

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5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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9

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.

Croome dog walk step 9

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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.

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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.

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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.

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13

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.

End:

RAF Visitor Centre, grid ref: SO886451

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Dog friendly walk at Croome near Worcester

Terrain

You'll find some of the route is across open fields and may be muddy in wet weather,  the paths are mostly firm and smooth, with occasional bridges and stiles and one relatively steep decline and incline; it's an undemanding jaunt for most walkers.

Dog friendly walk at Croome near Worcester

Contact us

Dog friendly walk at Croome near Worcester

How to get here

Address
Croome, Near High Green, Worcester, WR8 9DW
By train

Pershore railway station is 7 miles (11.3 km) away. From there, or from Worcester, you can get the 382 bus, alighting at Ladywood Road/Rebecca Road crossroads, from where it is a 2 mile (3.2 km) walk to Croome.

By road

From M5 take Junction 7. Follow brown signs off B4084 from Pershore or off A38 from Worcester/Upton.

By bus

From Worcester to Pershore, alight Ladywood Road/Rebecca Road crossroads, 2 miles (3.2km). From Worcester to Malvern, alight Kinnersley, 2 miles (3.2km).
 

Dog friendly walk at Croome near Worcester

Facilities and access

  • Free parking, toilets, shop and canteen available at Croome