Step in to summer

Couple walking in the woods

Enjoy some freedom and take in the far reaching views across Derbyshire and catch glimpses of Hardwick Hall, when you explore one of the longer circular walks from the estate.

After the spring flowers that once graced our parkland and woodland have gone, it’s time for the grass to really get growing and leaves on the trees become lush and abundant with insects. All the spring new-borns grow stronger and are adjusting to life coping by them as they graze and feed on the estate.

Enjoy far reaching views accross the Derbyshire landscape from Hardwick park
Hardwick ponds and park in the summer
Enjoy far reaching views accross the Derbyshire landscape from Hardwick park

Dragonflies and damselflies hum and hover around the ponds on the lookout for food, whilst butterflies and moths dance in the air soaking up the warm sun. If you’re lucky, a grass snake may appear slithering through the undergrowth or swimming in one of our ponds, there really is so much to see all over the estate.

A common hawker dragonfly patrols across a wetland pond
A common hawker dragonfly patrols its territory
A common hawker dragonfly patrols across a wetland pond

As the new fishing season begins on 16 June, enjoy the longer and warmer days relaxing near Miller’s Pond or Great Pond.

Why not pack a picnic and make a day of it?

Enjoying a family picnic
Enjoying a picnic
Enjoying a family picnic