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Two visitors explore the Kingston Lacy estate on bikes on a sunny summer's day
Cycling around the Kingston Lacy estate | © National Trust Images/John Millar
Dorset

The woodland trail at Kingston Lacy

Explore the Kingston Lacy estate on foot or by bike with this trail around its surrounding woodland. The circular route leads you through beautiful woodland, which have something to offer across all seasons, and along historic carriage drives used by the former owners the Bankes family. There are stunning views of the house and parkland, and wildlife fans will enjoy spotting the resident herd of Red Ruby Devon cattle or the smaller creatures found in the woodland. Remember to bring your membership card for free entry.

Multi-use trail

The Tramway Trail is a multi-use trail, so please share the paths with other visitors and don't forget to ring your bell when passing on a bike.

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Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Kingston Lacy car park, Wimborne, BH21 4EA. Grid ref: ST977014

Step 1

From the car park, head into the grounds via the visitor centre and turn right. (Alternatively, call into the visitor reception where the team can direct you to the trail.)

Step 2

Keep left, passing through a large white gate. Then take the small black gate to your right and head along this path following the green signs.

Step 3

Once you reach a wooden gate on your left, pass through it and continue on this track with the fence on your right across the field and into the woodland.

Step 4

As you enter the woods, turn right and follow the trail as it winds its way west and then north through the native deciduous woodland.

Step 5

Keep on the path as it passes by the woodland play area and continue towards Blandford Lodge by the main road.

Step 6

Follow the path as it passes Blandford Lodge and bends around to the right onto a tarmac road.

Step 7

Cross the entrance drive at the marked crossing point - take care to look for passing traffic. Once across the road, turn left to follow the track along the side of the drive and through a black gate on the right into more woodland. Continue through the woodland and along the boardwalk.

Red Devon cattle grazing in a field at Kingston Lacy
Red Devon cattle at Kingston Lacy | © National Trust Images / Mark Wratten

Step 8

At the end of the boardwalk, go through the gate and follow the trail in front of you.

Step 9

At the track junction turn right and continue.

Step 10

Turn right at this track junction and follow the tarmac path back up towards Kingston Lacy house.

Step 11

Once you've passed Kingston Lacy house, walk back to the car park and the end of the trail. If you're cycling, please dismount and walk once you reach the house, as this area can get busy with visitors.

End point

Kingston Lacy car park, Wimborne, BH21 4EA. Grid ref: ST977014

Trail map

The woodland trail at Kingston Lacy map
The woodland trail at Kingston Lacy map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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