Activities on the estate

National Trust woodland with people

Discover 8,500 acres of unspoilt estate including Holt Heath National Nature Reserve and Iron Age hillfort Badbury Rings. From water meadows at Eye Mead to our extravagant beech tree avenue, there’s something for everyone at Kingston Lacy no matter your age or how sporty you are.

Kingston Lacy guided estate walks

Come and join a guided walks of Kingston Lacy's beautiful estate. From Bronze Age burial mounds to Medieval hunting lodges, an Iron Age hillfort, a Roman crossroads and an even greater variety of wildlife, wild flowers, orchids and ancient trees - these walks have something for everyone. All are offered at a gentle pace so you can take in the delights of the area. There is no charge, but donations are always welcome. See the What's On page for all the latest walk dates.
 

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Every Thursday, in partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and free cycle rides. These volunteer-led rides are a great chance to explore the local area and make new friends. Suitable for over 16s, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get back on your bike if you haven’t cycled for a while.
 
Every Thursday 9.30-10.30am (please arrive at 9.15am for a prompt start)
Cost: free, refreshments extra
Bike hire £2.50, booking essential on 01425 470721 (free with own bike).
 

Walking trails

The estate features 72 miles of footpaths, cycle trails and bridleways based on an ancient network of ‘greenways’ that used to link the farms and villages.
 
There are 12 way-marked walks around the estate listed below - download one of the walks today to begin exploring this lowland estate, its wildlife and history.
Visitors at the Badbury Rings at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Walk at Badbury Rings and The Oaks, Kingston Lacy

A fascinating walk discovering the history, flora and fauna of the ancient Iron Age hill fort of Badbury Rings and The Oaks wood.

Rose hips along Heron Drove on the Kingston Lacy estate

Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

Discover some of the history, flora and fauna of the ancient Iron Age hill fort of Badbury Rings and High Wood on this walk.

St Stephen's Church, Pamphill on Kingston Lacy's estate

Walk at Pamphill and Cowgrove, Kingston Lacy

A gentle walk through the beautiful unspoilt villages of Pamphill and Cowgrove with good views across the Stour Valley.

The avenue of beech trees leading to Kingston Lacy

Walk at the Beech Avenue and Droves, Kingston Lacy

A walk round the beautiful network of droves and along the stunning 1835 Beech Avenue and back along the outskirts of the Kingston Lacy parkland.

Fungi found at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Walk at Pamphill Green and Moor, Kingston Lacy

Take a gentle walk through the beautiful unspoilt village of Pamphill with its wide variety of flora and fauna.

Horse eating grass at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Walk at Shapwick and Droves, Kingston Lacy

A fairly flat walk from the old village of Shapwick and along the tracks and droves and also including the Kingston Lacy Beech Avenue.

Blossom at Eye Bridge on the Kingston Lacy estate, Dorset

Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

Walk upstream along this beautiful stretch of the Stour river with much interesting bird life and through the unspoilt areas of Pamphill and Cowgrove.

White Mill bridge, Dorset

Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

Starting by an 18th-century mill, the walk goes over rough pasture, alongside the River Stour, through the picturesque village of Shapwick and returns on lanes to White Mill.

Ruby Red Devon cattle at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Kingston Lacy Park walk from Pamphill Green

A walk from Pamphill Green through Kingston Plantation to Kingston Lacy House where you can view American hospital remains and St Stephen’s Church.

Peacock butterfly enjoying the sunshine

Walk at White Mill and the Droves, Kingston Lacy

A moderate walk through the water meadows by the River Stour, with short distances on country lanes and along gravel tracks.

Eye Bridge on the Kingston Lacy estate, Dorset

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

An easy walk that starts from Eye Bridge and includes walking along a beautiful stretch of the Stour river with some interesting bird life.

Beautiful yellow gorse

Walk at Holt Heath, Kingston Lacy

The walk explores this important lowland heath, which is one of the largest areas of its type in Dorset. All six of Britain's reptile species are found here.