Winter walking adventures at Kedleston
The hall may be closed for winter but there's still plenty of adventures to be had in Kedleston's parkland. You can follow one of four mapped walks making sure you see all of the best bits of the estate.
This walk is a 1.7 mile circuit which usually takes about 45 minutes. Amble along the first part of the Adam-inspired circuit walk to take in some of the parks finest views. This route also takes you past the recently restored Hermitage.
This walk is a 3.2 mile circuit which usually takes about and hour and 20 minutes. It is one of the best examples of an 18th-century circuit walk in the country, you'll be able to retrace the footsteps of Kedleston's aristocratic visitors of the past. Don't worry there's benches along the route to take a rest and enjoy the views.
This walk is about 2 miles and usually takes about 50 minutes. It takes you across the lovely grade I listed Adam bridge and follows the edge of the Upper Lake. Admire the cascades and the neoclassical style Fishing Pavilion perched on the lake's edge.
Explore the estates wilderness and find veteran oak trees in the parkland beyond the lake on this easy walk. You can find some of the county's oldest trees here, some are up to 1000 years old.
Although there are visible paths on these walks, winter weather does sometimes take its toll. After heavy rain some parts of the park and pleasure grounds may become quite muddy. We are currently looking at improving the paths, but for the time being welly boots are advised.
Bring your four pawed friends
You are more than welcome to bring your dog along but we do ask that they are kept on a lead at all times. Sheep and Dexter cows graze in the park and are easily spooked. Keeping your dog on a lead minimises stress to the animals that call the parkland their home. There are bins provided for dog waste at intervals on the walk circuits. Pick up a map in visitor reception for more details.