Walking at Belton House

Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager Alan Power Garden and Estate Manager
Belton Park Cricket Club playing a home game on Belton's Oval Lawn

Take in the seasons and the best of Belton with our recommendations of where to walk and when.

Spring refreshment

The Pleasure Grounds become carpeted in swathes of daffodils, pale-yellow primroses and delicate blue scilla during March and April but gradually give way to bluebells in May.
Enjoy a stroll along the Statue Walk and discover Belton's box plant maze, replanted from a 1902 drawing after the original was replaced by a vegetable garden as part of the war effort.

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Belton House covered in snow
Belton House covered in snow on a clear winter's day
Belton House covered in snow

Summer scents

The Italian Garden and classical Orangery were designed by Jeffry Wyattville circa 1820 and a summer stroll here will reward you with a vibrant display of dahlias and lush herbaceous borders.
Fragrant lavender beds form part of the parterre planting in the Dutch Garden which lead towards Belton's famous sundial and gently sloping Pleasure Grounds. 

Autumn Shades

A walk through the gardens and parkland at this time of year reveals a palette of autumnal colours from pale yellow and gold to rich auburn and mulberry.
Bring the family and gather leaves for some wild art or go on a scavenger trail. Now is also the time to witness the drama of the rutting season in the parkland as deer clash antlers in their bid for dominance. 

Guided tour

Experience a tour of Basildon House from the comfort of your own home.

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Winter meandering

From crisp, bright, frosty days to atmospheric, misty mornings, Belton Park is a delight in winter. On these quiet days, Belton deer are often very close to the house and make for great photo opportunities.
Late winter rewards the resilient visitor with white blankets of snowdrops throughout the Pleasure Grounds and around the Gothic ruin.

Try the Belton Park walk

Get your walking shoes on and come and enjoy the spectacular seasonal colours of Belton's Parkland.
Explore ancient woodland, discover wildlife habitats, spot our fallow deer and enjoy great views of Belton House and Bellmount Tower.