The parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden
Our historic parkland dates back several centuries and has had many uses including as a deer park and a Second World War camp. It is now grazed with livestock and is home to our wildlife haven, Skyglade and our natural woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll.
Explore over 250 acres of parkland where paths and resting spots dating back to the 18th century once existed for pausing to enjoy the views back towards the lakes and out towards Fletching village. Copses of trees are dotted around the hillside, attributed to 'Capability' Brown and creating the English landscape appearance he was so famous for. Also dating back to the same time is Irongates Lock, built by the First Earl of Sheffield to allow navigation of the River Ouse.
While walking in the parkland you will often hear the sound of the steam trains approaching on the Bluebell Railway, and spot the tell-tale sign of clouds of steam through the trees. At such moments, it is easy to imagine that this landscape has remained largely unchanged for the last 100 years.
A well -preserved pillbox from the Second World War can be found at the bottom of Spring Field, nestled in the hillside.
Running across the bottom of the estate is the River Ouse and our flood meadow. During the spring and summer months the meadow is covered in wild flowers, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies. The old river meanders and ox-bow lake are still visible across the meadow.
Explore the parkland to discover the our natural play trail in Ringwood Toll and stop by the new Skyglade where you can indulge in some cloud watching. Climb trees, fly kites and play in streams in this landscape that is nature’s outdoor playground.