Dudmaston Hall and Dingle walk
Surrounded by traditional woodland and a lakeside garden, Dudmaston Hall has been a family home since the 17th century and offers lovely walks teeming with history and wildlife.
National Trust Orchard car park, grid ref: SO746887
Leave the orchard car park via the kissing gate at the entrance. Turn right and follow the signs downhill to the Dingle.
Proceed through the gate (please close it behind you) and follow the trail downhill. Go through a second gate and enter the woods. Take the steps to your right before you reach the brook.
Continue along the path passing the rustic bridge on your left.
Follow the trail along the forested river banks of the Dingle. After passing the Mill Pool on your left you will reach the Big Pool Dam. Take the path to the right, signposted for Dudmaston.
The wooded valley was a pet project of Francis Whitmore who, along with her husband William, resided in Dudmaston between 1775 and 1815, and was a keen botanist. Together with their head gardener, Walter Wood, they created a picturesque route over rustic bridges and past waterfalls, urns and a hermitage.
Continue along the banks of the Big Pool, passing the boathouse as you go.
Dudmaston's river and pools
Dudmaston's river and pools are home to a variety of species. Dippers, grass snakes and dragonflies are regular visitors and there are signs of otters.
Enter the pedestrian gate and cross the meadow towards the Hall.
At the marked gate, you may enter the Garden (no dogs please) and make your way to the Hall or alternatively, turn right and continue up the hill to your starting point at the car park.
Charles Babbage's legacy
The pioneer of the modern computer spent a great deal of time here after marrying William Wolryche-Whitmore's sister, Georgina, in 1814. He even invented the hall's central heating system.
National Trust Orchard car park: SO746887
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