Walking in the park at Kedleston Hall

The restored hermitage at Kedleston

The extensive parkland at Kedleston mean there is always something in bloom, whether on a lakeside wander or a walk through the woods. Bring along the family, dogs included, for a stroll.

Download our map featuring four recommended walking routes, or just pick your own route across the 800 acres of parkland. There are benches and interesting views along each route, as well as bins for dog waste. Sheep and cows graze parts of the parkland so please keep your distance to minimise them as they graze.

The walks leaflet is available in English, Urdu and Punjabi. Please refer to the updated access statement for full details of access around the site.

Wilderness walk - 2.6 miles

The north side of the lake, known as the wilderness, is the most natural part of the parkland. With a mixture of woods and pasture, it is home to some of the oldest veteran trees in Derbyshire. You'll get great views of the Robert Adam bridge and the island, where numerous birds nest. As you walk through the wooded areas look out for the bird nesting boxes. The route includes uneven ground and passes through the grazing cattle.

Explore Kedleston's wilderness, you never know what you might find!
A butterfly in kedleston's wilderness
Explore Kedleston's wilderness, you never know what you might find!

Long and short walks - 3.2 miles/1.7miles

The long and short walks form part of Robert Adam's pleasure ground and were designed for the entertainment of ladies, with a winding path dotted with temples and follies. You'll see the hermitage, as well as views of the south front of the hall on both of these routes.

We've placed benches at the best spots for a sit down to take in the views across the parkland, and also across the rolling Derbyshire countryside, so why not take a moment to pause on your walk, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings?

Whatever season you visit, the walk routes offer a changing mix of far reaching views, wildflowers and natural seasonal highlights. Don't forget to keep dogs on leads on these walks - this helps to protect the ground nesting birds, the displays of wildflowers and fungi, and the sheep.

Lakeside walk - 2 miles

Walk along the edge of the lake and see a whole host of waterfowl including geese, swans, oyster catchers, herons and coots. You might even spot a hare in the grassland too. This walk is farirly flat but across some uneven ground. There is a wooden footbridge and several gates along the route, as well as dog waste bins and benches. Sheep and cows graze along the entire route so please dont forget to keep dogs on leads. This route offers great views of the hall, weirs, fishing pavilion and Robert Adam bridge, all popular photo opportunities.

A view of Kedleston Hall on the Lakeside Walk at sunset
A view from the lakeside walk with Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
A view of Kedleston Hall on the Lakeside Walk at sunset

Be sure to take photos on your walks and share with us online, you can tag your photos #kedlestonhall. Please note, cameras are always welcome, but the use of drones is not permitted anywhere at Kedleston, for the safety of our visitors, buildings and livestock.