Outdoor adventure

Wellie boot fun down in mill copse at Montacute House in Somerset

Step outside of the garden and take time to climb up to the folly on the top of St Michael's Hill, exploring the banks and ditches of the Norman castle. Or wander up Ladies Walk, amongst the trees and bluebells, stopping off at a bench for a rest to admire the views across the village.

Parkland

The parkland is easily accessible from the car park or gardens, and 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.

St Michael's Hill

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

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 Abbey Gatehouse, dovecote and medieval fishpond.