The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

The woodland trail will lead you through beautiful forest and along old carriage drives that were created by the Bankes family. It reveals stunning views of the house and parkland and you might even come across the estate's herd of Red Ruby cattle along the way. Why not stop for a picnic at the natural play area and see how much wildlife you can spot.

This is a multi-use trail that is designed to be used by walkers, runners, families, cyclists and off-road wheelchairs. If cycling, please ensure that your bike is in good working order and that you are in good health. When riding this trail we advise appropriate clothing and protection is worn. The route does cross one road so please take care at this section.

Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the wider estate


Map of the Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy


Kingston lacy car park


Our Woodland trail starts from the car park at Kingston Lacy. Call in and see the team at Visitor Reception who can then direct you onto the trail.


Follow the trail and pass through a large white gate. Once you have passed through the gate take the small black gate to your right.

The white gate at Kingston Lacy


Continue along the trail following the green signs until you come to a wooden gate on your left. Pass through the gate and continue following the trail with the fence to your right.

Wooden gate on the Woodland Trail


With the gate behind you turn right to enter the woodland section of the trail. Follow the trail as it winds its way through our (insert type of woodland here) woodland.

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You now enter the woodland at Kingston Lacy


Stop and play at our woodland play area! This section of the track can be quite busy. Please be especially aware of other users on this part of the trail.

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The woodland play area at Kingston Lacy


The path passes by Blandford Lodge. Follow the path around and when you reach the tarmac road turn right and follow the green sign.

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At the end of this section of the trail you will need to cross over the entrance drive. Take care to look for passing traffic and cross the drive at the marked crossing point. Once across the road follow the trail along the side of the drive and through the black gate. Continue through the woodland and along the boardwalk.

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You will now need to cross the drive. Please take care.


At the end of the boardwalk go through the gate and follow the trail in front of you.

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The boardwalk at Kingston Lacy


At the track junction turn right.

Track junction at step 9


At the track junction turn right. You will now follow the tarmac path back towards Kingston Lacy house.

You will now see Kingston Lacy house ahead of you


After you have passed Kingston Lacy house you will need to walk your bike back to visitor reception as this area can get busy with visitors.


Kingston Lacy car park

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The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy


This is a smooth gravel track about 2 metres wide, perfect for walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and abilities. The route is fairly flat and clearly signed. The trail is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. You can also loan our off-road wheelchairs from reception.

The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy

How to get here

Kingston Lacy car park, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA (OS Explorer 118 ST 97015)
By road

Follow signs for Kingston Lacy on the B3082 Blandford to Wimborne road. Parking is free. SatNav data is unreliable, follow B3082 and brown signs.

The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • There are toilets and refreshments available at the stables café at the beginning and the end of the trail.
  • Our Woodland Play Area is at point 5 on the trail.
  • Dogs welcome but must be under close effective control, and on leads around grazing animals, farmland and in the Woodland Play Area.