Top summer walks

Meander through meadows and moorland, parkland and gardens, by lakes and on the coast. You can enjoy the colourful blooms of summer and see birds and butterflies on the wind. Take in the views as you explore some of the places we care for on our favourite summer walks.

Please note that not all places or car parks will be open and some trails may have changed due to social distancing guidance in order to maintain visitor safety. Please check the property homepage of the walk you'd like to explore before travelling.

Which places are open?

  • More than 100 gardens and parks are open in England and Northern Ireland. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays 
  • Many historic houses are open in England. If you book a ticket for an open garden or park, you may also be able to visit the house. Visits to the houses are limited to ensure safe, social distancing and so we can't guarantee you’ll be able to view the house on the day you visit 
  • We’ve opened many of our cafés and shops at these places to help make your visit feel as close to normal as possible 
  • Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are open in England and Northern Ireland and most don’t need to be booked 

What's closed?  

  • In line with Welsh Government legislation and the 'fire break' lockdown, all our places in Wales will temporarily close from Saturday 24 October to Monday 9 November  
  • Following the latest official guidance, all National Trust houses in Northern Ireland are now closed. All cafés in Northern Ireland are now takeaway only  

Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can. 

Find summer walks near you

View of Crom Estate

Summer walks in Northern Ireland 

In Northern Ireland, explore the unique landcape of places like Giant's Causeway or take some time out for a mindful lakeside walk at Castle Coole.

Long summer evenings are the best time to get outdoors and take a walk when everything's bathed in the beautiful golden hour glow of the sunset. At this quieter time of day you can take a peaceful stroll in your favourite place.

Horses on the North Devon coast at sunset

The joys of an evening stroll 

An evening amble can do wonders for your mood. Why not try exploring your favourite countryside or coastal spot in a whole new, dusky, light?

Summer wildlife to spot on your next walk

The importance of pollinators

There are hundreds of bees and butterflies across the country busying away to help our ecosystem to thrive. Bees and butterflies are some of our most important pollinators, and they’re vital in keeping up the health of our ecosystem and covering our landscapes in colour.

National Trust brings pollinator message to Balmoral Show

Help bees and butterflies to thrive 

Help us to give pollinators the biggest chance possible to thrive when you make this promise for nature. Why not try planting pollinator-friendly flowers? You could build a bee B&B or take part in the Big Butterfly Count.