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Exploring the estate at The Vyne

A view of The Vyne's birdhide on the edge of Morgaston Woods in spring.
Explore the wider estate at The Vyne. | © National Trust / Virginia Langer

With a network of waymarked paths across The Vyne’s estate, you can really stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Hampshire countryside. Rich in wildlife, a pair of binoculars will come in handy out in the woodlands and looking out across the wetlands from the bird hide.

Dog walking on the estate

Classed as a nature reserve, dogs on leads are welcome on The Vyne’s estate.

Morgaston Woods

A visit to The Vyne isn’t complete without a stroll around Morgaston Woods, where the combination of towering trees and woodland glades support a great variety of wildlife.

From visitor reception, follow the path past the house and through the gate at the end leading to the bird hide. From here you can pick up a colour-coded waymarked walking route.

The walks are suitable for most people as they are relatively flat with no stiles. After heavy rain some of the paths can be very muddy, so pack your waterproofs and wellies to make sure you don’t miss out.

A heron and ducks on The Vyne's wetlands
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on The Vyne's wetlands. | © National Trust / Virginia Langer

Wildlife at The Vyne

The Vyne estate has a variety of habitats, including deciduous woodlands, wetlands and a large ornamental lake. All these areas are homes to various species of birds. During the year you can expect to see anything from waders, birds of prey, owls, grebes, swans, game birds and herons.

The wetlands on The Vyne estate in June.
The Wetlands at The Vyne | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Viewing the wetlands at The Vyne from the bird hide

Formed in the early 20th Century from the remains of a water meadow, a conservation project in the 1990s fully established The Vyne’s wetlands as a much-needed habitat for water voles.

Popular with the local birdlife, the wetlands are overlooked by a purpose-built bird hide. The hide is the perfect place for families to head to for the best birdwatching experience.

Close up detail of the 16th-century stained glass window in the Chapel at the Vyne, Hampshire

Discover more at The Vyne

Find out when The Vyne is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Woodland walk at The Vyne 

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Morgaston Woods yellow route 

This 1 mile route will take you deeper into the woods than the short green route, while still forming a neat circular walk for you to go on and see other things afterwards.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
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Morgaston Woods green route 

This gentle family-friendly walk at Morgaston Woods, is shorter than the mile-long yellow route but will still give you a healthy dose of the outdoors.

DistanceMiles: 0.6 (km: 0.96) to miles: 0.6 (km: 0.96)
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Visiting The Vyne with your dog 

The Vyne is a three pawprint rated place. Find out about bringing your dog to The Vyne where you can explore the gardens together.

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Things to do in the garden at The Vyne 

Discover what to see and do in the garden all year round at The Vyne. Explore the historic summerhouse, see what’s growing in the walled garden and take a walk by the lake.

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Eating and shopping at The Vyne 

Enjoy a refreshment stop in the atmospheric tea-room at The Vyne. Treat yourself to a gift in the shop or get comfy in the window seat while browsing pre-loved books.