Nostell Menagerie Garden Walk

Walking trail

Take in the peace and tranquility of lakeside paths and discover the enchanting Menagerie Garden.

Admire the magnificent autumn colour over the lakes

This walk is particularly stunning in autumn when the landscape becomes coloured with flame reds and burnt oranges as the leaves begin to turn and fall. Look out for the distinctive acers in the Menagerie Garden, golden hazel and cut leaf beech trees along the pathways and carpets of conkers, acorns and pine cones in the woodland.

The gardens in autumn at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire


Map route for Nostell menagerie Garden autumn colour walk


Stable Courtyard, grid ref: SE404174


Follow the footpath opposite the garden entrance signposted 'lakeside walks'. This path will lead towards the back of the house and you will have glimpses over the lake towards the Menagerie Garden.


Go through the small gateway and follow footpath on the right. Look out for Barny's gravestone, one of the Winn's dogs. At the bottom of the slope follow the path to the right.


You are now in the area of the gardens known as the Pleasure Garden. At the bottom of the slope you will enjoy views of the Boat House and Lower Lake.

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Continue along the footpath where you will pass Druids Bridge. Glance back for a view of the Obelisk then scale the steps. To avoid the steps branch left away from the lake, then keep right until you see the Middle Lake.


You will now see the Middle Lake. Turn right and go over Swiss Bridge to continue your lakeside walk, admiring the magnificent autumn colour reflected on the lake.

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At the fork in the path you will take the route that branches out left along the lake to the large cedar tree with views to the bridge. You will then come to the Gothic Arch, the entrance to the Menagerie.

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Through the magnolia trees and beyond the colourful acers find the Menagerie House, built as a keeper's house with garden room. Hidden in the trees behind is the ice house where ice was stored, once collected from the lake. The ice house structure is now unstable and therefore not safe to enter.

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Leaving the Menagerie Garden you will pass by the dell. From here return to the lakeside path and route back, passing golden hazel and cut leaf beech trees. Retrace your steps over the Swiss Bridge then turn right up the hill and back to the courtyard.


Stable Courtyard, grid ref: SE404174

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Nostell Menagerie Garden Walk


A fully accessible footpath, mainly along lakesides with some gradients and a footbridge. Also navigable using the Nostell and Parkland property map, available at reception.

Nostell Menagerie Garden Walk

Contact us

Nostell Menagerie Garden Walk

How to get here

Nostell and Parkland, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, WF4 1QE
By road

On the A638 5 miles (8km) south-east of Wakefield towards Doncaster.

By foot

Via pedestrian entrance on the A638.

By bus

Arriva 496 Wakefield to Doncaster, Arriva 495 and 185, B line 123, 223 from Wakefield. Traveline 0871 200 2223.

Nostell Menagerie Garden Walk

Facilities and access

  • Café, shop and toilets are all located in the courtyard