Wildlife and nature walks in the Midlands

There's nothing better than heading into the great outdoors, except perhaps knowing the best places to see something special. These walks are a chance to see Mother Nature at her finest.

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This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. There may be restrictions in place on some of these walks. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel for booking details and the most up to date information about visiting

Autumnal fungi at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
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Calke Park wildlife walk 

Look out for red deer and kites in the wood before pausing to admire The Old Man of Calke. He may be wrinkly but at 1,200 years old, he’s a beauty.

gardens, Dudmaston
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Dudmaston three pools walk 

Find secluded pools nestled in green glades, their surfaces broken by darting dragonflies.

Aerial view of the remains of Bratoft Manor
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Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk 

Cross the former East Lincolnshire Line and discover the site where a grand moated home once stood, now reclaimed by nature.

The Old Man of Calke is an ancient tree at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
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Ancient trees walk at Calke Abbey 

See trees that have survived since the last Ice Age, before pausing to admire The Old Man of Calke. He’s wrinkly but at 1,200 years old, he’s a beauty.

Autumn leaves at Dudmaston in Shropshire
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Captain Geoffrey’s estate walk, Dudmaston 

A route that winds along the riverside and into the woods, sprinkled with wildflowers in sunny days, smoldering red towards summer’s end.

The outside of Monksthorpe Chapel on the Gunby Estate
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Monksthorpe Chapel walk 

Venture from the gardens at Gunby Hall into the glorious Lincolnshire countryside and you’ll discover history and nature alike.