The Terraces Walk

Walking trail

This circular route will take you through open parkland, tranquil woodland terraces and the formal beauty of the West Garden.

Map

The Terraces Walk 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.

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William I Blathwayt (?1649-1717), attributed to Michael Dahl

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 the tree stump engraved with a compass based on Blathwayt's maps.

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One of the lime tree avenues across the parkland at Dyrham

3

At the tree stump, follow the line of the arrow pointing to 'Old Lodge and Terraces'. Follow the slope down towards Old Lodge, the gathering of Victorian farm buildings.

A tree stump compass at Dyrham Park

4

From Old Lodge, follow the brow of the hill gently around to the right, until you reach the view point next to a large beech tree.

Victorian farm buildings under a canopy of autumnal leaves.

5

After taking in the sweeping views, turn left at the viewpoint and walk down the hill to the entrance of the terraces.

Views of countryside from Dyrham Park

6

Enter the woodland terraces through the gate and take your time meandering through the peaceful pathways, slowly making your way towards St Peter's Church.

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A beech lined pathway in the woodland terraces.

7

Exit the terraces through the bottom gate next to the churchyard. Then, keeping the church and house to your left, make your way across the top end of the garden to Stable Court. Do feel free to take a diversion and explore the pathways around the West Garden.

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St Peter's Church at Dyrham Park

8

From Stable Court, walk through the archway and across the courtyard, with the stables on your left and the tea-room on your right. After stopping for refreshments from the kiosk if you wish, head towards the Greenhouse, then on to East Front.

Two gardeners carrying tools in Stable Court

9

Once you've turned around and taken a good look at the house and the Greenhouse, head through the gate and back into the parkland. Walk in a north-easterly direction, walking up the slope in the dip between the two hills.

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

10

At the top of this slope turn right, keeping the fenced area to your left, walk up the hill towards the viewpoint next to the main drive.

Pond Wood at Dyrham Park

11

After another moment enjoying the view of the house and the parkland, walk up the driveway through the lime tree avenue, back towards the main entrance and visitor reception.

An autumnal view of the parkland and house at Dyrham Park

End:

Visitor reception, Dyrham Park

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Terrain

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

 

The Terraces Walk

How to get here

Address
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.

The Terraces Walk

Facilities and access

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