Explore the Dingle and Parkland at Dudmaston

Dudmaston dog walk autumn dingle

Cross the foot bridges and stepping stones and listen out for the brook below. Wander beneath the trees of this winding, wooded valley and soon the Dingle gives way to Big Pool and the open expanse of parkland beyond.

The Dingle is a rare and important landscape, a feature typical of the Picturesque movement in garden design that first became fashionable in the late 18th century. The idea was to create an artificial landscape that looked natural, with paths, seats and bridges so people can enjoy it from different viewpoints.

Waterfalls near Mill Pool in the Dingle
Dudmaston dingle waterfall
Waterfalls near Mill Pool in the Dingle

On leaving the Dingle, the view opens out to Big Pool and the park. Look out for wildlife and birds on the water. Great Crested Grebes raise their young here in the summer. If you're lucky you might spot them doing their eye-catching courtship dance earlier in spring.

Great crested grebe with young
Great crested grebe with young on its back
Great crested grebe with young

Look across Big Pool towards the garden and house. This view changes with the seasons but there's always something new to notice and enjoy.