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. Pop into the garden on the route and to see what seasonal delights are in store.
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 including garden(1.5 miles) – Turn right and follow the road round to the T-junction. Turn left and follow the stone wall that surrounds the gardens and Hall. You'll reach the Gatehouse where you can get a great view of the Hall. Pop into the garden or continue to follow the stone wall until you reach 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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