The Prospect Walk

Walking trail

With breathtaking views across the Cotswold hills and the Bristol Channel, Dyrham Park is the perfect place to enjoy sweeping vistas. The Prospect Walk will guide you to the best viewpoints around the parkland, before finishing at the baroque splendour of the house's East Front.

Map

The Prospect Walk trail map

Start:

Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park

1

After leaving Visitor Reception, follow the pathway across the small grassed area, towards the main drive. Keeping the main entrance to your right, cross the drive to the other side.

2

Once here, you will see the entrance to a third lime tree avenue. Follow the route of the avenue across the parkland, until you reach a tree stump with an engraved compass on it.

One of the lime tree avenues across the parkland at Dyrham

3

At the tree stump, follow the path of the arrow labelled 'Prospect Walk'. Keep walking until you reach the split tree.

A tree stump compass at Dyrham Park

4

At the split tree trunk, look for the arrow carved into the wood and follow its direction to the edge of the parkland.

A split tree trunk at Dyrham Park

5

At the northern fringe of the park, you will find a further carved-log waymarker. This viewpoint overlooks Hinton Hill, an Iron Age hillfort and the supposed site for the Battle of Dyrham. From here, turn left and follow the brow of the hill and enjoy the sweeping views as you walk.

A wooden way marker for the Prospect Walk at Dyrham Park, showing Hinton Hill Iron Age fort in the background.

6

Continue until you reach the large beech tree and topograph. Here you will find one of the most spectacular views at Dyrham Park. Follow the directions on the topograph to see where your eyeline takes you; on clear days, you may be able to see as far as the Welsh Black Mountains. After taking in the view, follow the path to your left towards Old Lodge.

Dyrham Park Prospect Walk offers great views

7

After walking for 300 metres, you will come to a collection of Victorian farm buildings known as Old Lodge. Though the play area is currently closed, you can take a break to visit the picnic area, or you can continue onwards with your walk. You can either walk with Old Lodge to your left, to see glimpses of Neptune Hill and the house through the trees, or you can walk through the trees to the right of Old Lodge.

A collection of old farm buidlings at Dyrham Park, surrounded by autumnal trees.

8

You will soon come to a dip between the two hills, turn right and follow the slope downwards. Keeping the fenced area to your left, walk across the parkland until you reach the bottom of Neptune Hill.

9

At the foot of Neptune Hill, take a moment to look upwards at the striking profile of Neptune against the sky. Then, turning towards the house, make your way across the flat parkland towards the house.

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

10

By now you'll have reached the East Front, and will be able to see Dyrham in all its baroque splendour. From here, you can walk through the gate to the right of the cattle grid to see the outside of the house (currently closed) and the West Garden, or visit the tea-room for a well deserved cup of tea and a slice of cake.

The East Front of Dyrham Park in the sunshine.

End:

East Front, Dyrham Park

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The Prospect Walk

Terrain

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

The Prospect Walk

How to get here

Address
Dyrham Park Visitor Reception, Dyrham, near Bath, South 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.

The Prospect Walk

Facilities and access

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