Walking trails

A refreshing walk with the whole family

There's more to Newark Park than just the house and garden. With over 700 acres, the estate is a great place to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a walk. All you need are your walking boots and a sense of adventure.

Set on the Cotswold escarpment the Newark Park estate, with its uninterrupted views across the countryside and network of woodland trails, makes it the perfect place for walking.

There are three easy to follow way-marked trails around the estate. Wellies or walking boots are a must - they can be muddy, even on sunny days.

Orange route

Popular with families, at a refreshing two miles, this is the shortest of the estate walks. The trail loops around Muscovy Wood where glimpses of Newark House standing proud on the hill can be spotted.

There are benches along the way so don't forgot to take a few minutes to take in the scenery. It'll also help you to get your breath after the climb through the woods.

We're busy improving the track through Muscovy Wood so it is uneven in places and can get very muddy and wet. Once complete, the orange route will be better able to withstand the worst of the winter weather.

Woods are the perfect place to take your dog for a walk
Woods are the perfect place to take your dog for a walk
Woods are the perfect place to take your dog for a walk

Purple route

At nearly three miles, the purple route offers stunning views of the woods, Newark House and the beautiful Ozleworth valley. This is the ideal trail if you want to get your heart racing. There are a couple of steep slopes as you ascend back up the valley along the grassland by the side of the woods.

The climb is definitely worth it. At the top you can look back at where you've just walked and see the Ozleworth valley in all its glory.

Pink route

For the more adventurous, the pink route takes you through the estate, following the original Georgian carriage drive around Lower Lodge Wood. At the furthest point, where the wood gives way to the grassy valley below, you can see a small overgrown field which we're hoping to return back to an orchard.

If you walk along the path a little further, you can see the remains of some old farm buildings, slowly being reclaimed by nature. Don't be tempted to leave the path and explore them further - they are very fragile.