Lacock pleasure garden walk

Walking trail

This gentle walk takes you from the village where the TV series Cranford was filmed, over the remains of long-gone 17th-century water gardens as well as giving you some stunning views of the Abbey, not seen from within the Abbey grounds. Livestock and horses may be grazing in some of the fields, please control your dog when walking. Kindly written by Ian Clements.

The East Terrace of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire


A map showing the route of the 'Pleasure garden walk' near Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire


Hither Way car park


From the main car park entrance cross Hither Way and take the path through the trees to the village. Pass the entrance to Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum on your right and continue into the High Street, passing the National Trust shop on your right.


At the War Memorial turn right into West Street and then right again into Church Street.


Just before St Cyriac’s church, turn left into a small lane named Nethercote, (the name is inscribed on the wall of the corner cottage). Cross the packhorse bridge and bear right up the lane.


A little way up, by the salt box, there is a wooden five bar gate, with adjacent wooden pedestrian gate (not signposted footpath). Go through the pedestrian gate and continue on the enclosed path. Cross the stile at the end into field.


Go ahead, slightly to the right, to cross the metal-railed bridge over the Bide Brook (there are metal stiles to the sides of the gate).


Now, head straight across a large field to cross a stile in the fence opposite that runs between the River Avon and the stone perimeter wall of Lacock Abbey. You may see some of the dips and bumps indicating the 17th-century water gardens that once existed here.


Walk between the river and the abbey building until you come to the end of the stone ha-ha (small wall) that separates you from Lacock Abbey. Turn half right, away from the river and gradually walking away from Lacock Abbey, to a wooden five bar gate with an adjacent pedestrian gate.


Go through the pedestrian gate and you'll see the National Trust car park to your left.


Hither Way car park

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Lacock pleasure garden walk


Generally flat terrain,one small incline. Walking through some fields and along the banks of the River Avon; can be muddy in parts over winter. The Avon often floods the fields after periods of heavy rain.

Lacock pleasure garden walk

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Lacock pleasure garden walk

How to get here

Hither Way, Lacock, SN15 2LG
By train

Chippenham train station, 3 miles (4.8km).

By road

3 miles (4.8km) south of Chippenham. M4, exit junction 17, signposted to Chippenham (A350). Follow A350 (signposted Poole/Warminster) until you reach Lacock, then follow signs for main car park.

By foot

Surrounding network of footpaths, including route beside Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal.

By bus

Faresaver X34/First 234 Chippenham to Frome (passing Melksham train station, close Chippenham train station and close Trowbridge train station).

Lacock pleasure garden walk

Facilities and access

  • Car parking (free for members, £4 all day)
  • Toilets (incl. accessible toilet and nappy changing facilities) in the village
  • Disabled parking in main car park and the Red Lion car park (High Street)
  • Picnic area