Walking Trail - A gentle walk around Hardwick
A very pleasant short walk in the Upper Park at Hardwick, taking in the atmospheric woodland and ancient park. Please note routes through our gardens and key visitor areas are by pre-booking only. Some of our routes will cross fields with livestock, please keep your dog on a lead at all times.
Hardwick Visitor Reception
You have the option of enjoying the spring garden on this trail- make sure you get your hall or garden ticket from the visitor reception first. Starting from Visitor Reception, take the path into the wood past the ‘Welcome to Upper Park’ sign.
Follow the path through the wood, carrying straight on at the gate into the car park.
Walk down the steps, turning left at the gap in the handrail (approximately 3 steps from the bottom) and follow the path until you come to a gate.
See if you can spot any bluebells starting to pop up. They're just one of the many species of spring flora to be found in the wood.
Through the gate, bear slightly left and walk across the grass towards the trees. When you are between the two avenues of trees, turn left towards the hall and enjoy the view!
You're now in the wineglass stem. Enjoy the view of the wineglass and Hall in the backdrop. You might begin to spot some Hardwick lambs.
Walk towards the hall until you meet the access road. From here you have a choice of route:
Longer route (approx. 1.2 miles further) – Turn right and follow the road round to the T-junction. Turn left and follow the stone wall that surrounds the gardens and Hall. Pass the old hall on your right and follow the road as it curves to the right down the hill. You will pass a building known as the stone centre on your left, turn left through the fence and along the field bearing left. This will bring you out onto Lady Spencer's walk, turn left to return back to the Stableyard.
Garden of spring delights
From the Gatehouse look out over the wider lower park. You can access Hardwick's ponds via this parkland, and explore the newly restored Duck Decoy and Icehouse. Or visit Hardwick's flourishing spring gardens. See the iris and hellebores in the spring beds and the wild border's vast daffodil display on the far wall of the garden. Don't miss the stumpery and fairy houses near the garden's exit.
For a shorter return – Turn left and follow the road back to the car park. (1 mile).
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