The Journey of Discovery Trail

Walking trail

Enjoy a ramble through the past on this family-friendly trail through Dyrham's parkland. This is a landscape that's steeped in history and each way point of this walk reveals a different clue from days gone by. For younger walkers, there are carved wooden animals to spot along the way, before the walk finishes at Old Lodge.

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire


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Visitor reception, Dyrham Park


After walking through visitor reception, follow the main path a short distance to the tree stump carved with a compass. The compass is based on those pictured on William Blathwayt's maps. Follow the arrow pointing in the direction of 'Journey of Discovery' trail, turning left into the entrance of the first lime tree avenue.


Enter the lime tree avenue and follow its path. After walking about 350 metres, bear right alongside the fence. Ahead are views of the Severn valley and Welsh hills; behind you and to your right are the remnants of the ancient ridge and furrow landscape of Dyrham.

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Carry on walking downhill, keeping to the path alongside the fence for about 450 metres. Continue on as the fence changes to become a dry-stone wall. To your left is Dyrham’s environmentally friendly central heating plant.

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At the bottom of the hill, follow the curve of the path around to the right for another 450 metres, walk through Hollow Ways to the cattle grid on the driveway in front of the house.

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Hollow ways at Dyrham Park


At this point, you can either go through the gate by the cattle grid to visit the house and West Garden, or to have some well-earned refreshments from the kiosk or tea-room (when open). If you'd like to continue you on, cross the driveway and pick up the grassy path leading to the valley to your right.

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A historic engraving by Johannes Kip of how Dyrham Park's East Garden looked in 1710


With the house behind you and the driveway on your right, head diagonally across the grass, walking between the hill on your left and Neptune Hill to your right.

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A statue of Neptune on a grassy hill with a blue sky background.


Follow the path as it curves round between the two hills, and head towards the stone buildings that come into view. Note that the final part of this track still shows traces of its medieval origins.


At the top of the hill turn left towards Old Lodge.

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Well done, you've reached your destination. You should now see Old Lodge on your left. Stop here for a picnic, or carry on exploring the parkland.

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Old Lodge, Dyrham Park

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Please note, the terrain is steep and uneven in places. In winter months, parts of the parkland may be quite muddy. 

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How to get here

Dyrham Park Visitor reception, Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY
By train

Bath Spa train station is 8 miles away and Bristol Parkway is 12 miles away. It takes about 20 minutes to reach Dyrham Park by taxi from either of these stations. Please note, there are currently no direct public transport links to Dyrham Park from Bath or Bristol.

By road

Located 8 miles north of Bath on A46 and 12 miles east of Bristol on the M4 (2 miles south of M4 juncition 18, Tormarton interchange).

Parking: Pay and display car parking £2 two hours, £4 all day. Free parking for National Trust members with a valid car sticker and membership card. Last entry 1 hour before closing. Car park closes 5.30pm of dusk, whichever is earlier.

SatNav: Use SN14 8HY and enter car park via A46.

By foot

Surrounding network of footpaths, including the Cotswold Way, which links Dyrham Park to Bath and various locations in Gloucestershire.

By bicycle

Accessible by bike, via the Avon and Wiltshire cycleways, with good links to Bristol and Bath. Please note the park is not suitable for cycling.

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Facilities and access

  • Sorry, but dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not permitted on this walk.