Wintry walks

Snow in the parkland at Montacute House

When you step outside the garden there is a great deal to see in the parkland and across the wider estate.

Grab your wellies, coats and umbrellas and brave the English weather by going outside and enjoying some of our adventurous walks. Once completed you can return to our cafe for something warm and delicious to raise your spirits. 

The parkland 


The parkland is a gentle rolling landscape to the east of the great house. You begin your walk at the end of the sweeping ornamental avenue of lime trees that marks the original approach to the house. Easily accessible from the car park or gardens, this is a real treat for tree lovers, families and dog walkers.  Explore acres of parkland, including Mill Copse where the stream still flows down the steps of the old water mill.  Look out for veteran trees including oaks and sweet chestnuts and the sweeping avenues of ash and lime.  For the young and the young at heart, seek out the tree swings located in the parkland.

Click here for an accessible one-mile route around the parkland.

A view across the great estate from the long gallery
The view across the East Court and beyond to the parkland

Ladies Walk


For a more sedate walk, why not follow in the steps of the Phelips women, and enjoy Ladies Walk, with views over the old deer park and village, including the house.  This is a circular walk and leads you back down through the village past the former Abbey Gatehouse, dovecote and medieval fishpond.

On our way to Mill Copse
Walking through mill copse towards the stream

St Michael’s Hill


If you like a more challenging walk why not tackle St Michael's Hill, once the site of a Norman castle that dominated the local area.  The icing on the cake is the 18th century watch tower located at the summit, which you can climb, to enjoy views in all directions across Somerset.  Montacute village was named after this hill, as it translates from the Latin "Mons Acutus" meaning pointed hill.

Click here for a more strenuous four-mile walk that goes through the park and up to St Michael’s Hill.

Come on slow coach, let's go!
Women and dog walking in a lush green field at Montacute House in Somerset