Guided walks at Mottisfont

A path beside the river at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Our friendly team of outdoor guides offer free walks and talks around the gardens, village and wider estate.

Guided walks are offered on a daily basis. The Welcome to Mottisfont and Waterways walks are available most days; other walks are a little more specialist, requiring particular volunteers or weather conditions.

The walks schedule for the day ahead is decided each morning. If you’d like to know what walks are available on your visit, please ask at visitor reception as you arrive, or take a look at the daily walks noticeboard at the end of the Welcome Centre walkway.

Visiting groups can book walks in advance for a small fee: please contact us on 01794 340757 to find out more.

Volunteer outdoor guides
Volunteer outdoor guides at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Volunteer outdoor guides

Explore Mottisfont with a free guided walk

The distances and times indicated for each walk are approximate. Please come prepared with appropriate footwear.

Welcome to Mottisfont

Time: 40 minutes

Discover the fascinating history of the house and gardens on this short introductory walk around the grounds.

Waterways walk

Time: 1¼ hours
Distance: 1 mile

A walk alongside the River Test, which runs through our grounds. Learn about its history, fishing, natural history and conservation.

Coppice and charcoal walk

Time: 1½ hours
Distance: 1½ miles

Visit beautiful Queen Meadow Copse to find out more about coppicing, an ancient form of woodland management, and the art of charcoal burning.

Mottisfont before the priory

Time: 1¼ hours
Distance: 1 mile

Walk round the village to explore the history of Mottisfont before the controversial building of the Priory in 1201 AD: the times of the Anglo Saxons, the Romans and Prehistory.

The rise and fall of Mottisfont priory

Time: 50 minutes

Enjoy the rollercoaster story of Medieval Mottisfont: the building of the priory, the heyday of monastic life, the terrible impact of the Black Death and the awful deeds of Henry VIII.

The great tree walk

Time: 50 minutes 

A short wander around the garden to learn more about some of Mottisfont’s wonderful trees that can capture your imagination at any time of year.