The woodland route - about 2 hours
To help you make the most of your visit, we've created several suggested routes across the estate. This is the longest of the suggested routes, taking in all aspects of the estate, including the extensive woodland. You are welcome to roam freely in the garden. You may like to load this on your phone in advance of your visit, or to print at home. This route includes unsurfaced woodland paths, gravel and some steep gradients.
Home Farm, Tyntesfield
On arrival to the car park, enter the Home Farm area by visiting the visitor welcome building. There is an accessible loo and baby change available at Home Farm, under the covered barns in the upper courtyard.
Maps and information
To minimise cross-contamination, we won't be giving out maps. You can see printed versions at Home Farm and the Pavilion cafe.
Follow the path up to the left, past the Piggery.
The Piggery is home to Tyntesfield's biomass boiler. This provides heating and hot water for Home Farm. There are solar panels behind the Piggery, which with our two biomass boilers provide almost half the energy use on site.
At the top of the slope, take the road opposite, keeping the fields on your right and woodland on your left. Continue up this road and take the first right, signposted 'Summerhouse'. Please be mindful of cars on this part of the route.
All the fields at Tyntesfield have different names, either relating to their original use or features. The field to your right is known as Warren, and is often home to a herd of Hill Radnor sheep.
At the junction, follow the sign to the right, directing to the Summerhouse. Pass through a pedestrian gate. Summerhouse Cottage will be on your left, continue through the woodland following the directional arrows.
About a quarter of the way up this path you will join the Tyntesfield boundary wall. Just after the Summerhouse Cottage (now a holiday let) you'll pass an original arch, which has been carefully restored.
Turn right as you come to the arrow, and follow the path down the hill. You will need to divert slightly off the path to avoid a fallen tree - this is signposted and will return you to the main path.
The woodlands are a brilliant place to spot fungi. Over 1000 different species have been spotted here, by a team of volunteer fungi hunters. They include the toxic deadly fibrecap - so be sure to look rather than touch anything you find.
As you approach the surfaced path, take the second path to the left, down the slope with the field on your right. Continue down until you come to a left hand turn, signposted to the Kitchen Garden and Pavilion. There is a toilet at the Pavilion Cafe.
As you continue down the hill, you will see views of the house open up to your right, with a field known as 'Rock Field' on your left. You may notice large rings of sticks and brash around the roots of the trees. These are to prevent cattle from sitting on the ground directly under the trees and damaging the roots.
Take the first left just ahead of the small fenced off pond and then right through the main gates into the Kitchen Garden. The route through the Kitchen Garden will be changing daily, depending on the work the gardeners are completing that day, so please follow the arrows and set route and be respectful of the safety of the staff at work. There are toilets at the Pavilion Cafe.
In a sorry state of affairs when the Trust took on Tyntesfield in 2002, the Orangery is now back to its former glory, and produces a regular crop of citrus fruits.
Exit the Kitchen Garden via the marked gate and follow the path across the crossroads and through the gate up the cobbled path. Continue through the next gate and up to the terraces in front of the house.
Go up the steps infront of the house and turn left at the top. At the end of the terraces, turn right and go up the steps ahead of you. Take the path left up the Holly Walk.
The Holly Walk
Tyntesfield's hollies are considered to be one of the most important part of the garden collection. Each holly on the walk is a different variety - can you spot the differences in the leaves?
Half way up the Holly Walk, take a right hand turn signposted to the Rose Garden. Follow the path to the left and continue along this route until you meet the main path again. There is a good view of the Rose Garden on your right as you go up the slope.
When the path meets a junction, take a right hand turn to exit through the gate. Continue on this path, turning left at the top of the slope and returning to Home Farm visitor centre.
You'll be able to see across Home Farm on your return. Built in 1881, it's an example of a model farm - not built to be commercially profitable, but to be at the cutting edge of modern farming practices.
Home Farm, Tyntesfield
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