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A group of runners make their way through Blickling's parkland
A group of runners making their way through Blickling's parkland | © National Trust/John Millar

Blickling Ranger Run

Set in Norfolk's beautiful Bure meadows, this trail run offers sweeping views of the Jacobean mansion at Blickling, surrounded by an inspiring landscape of 4,600 acres of parkland, woods and fields. Visit in spring to see the woods carpeted with bluebells.


With its abundance of small mammals and old trees and buildings, the estate is home to many barn owls which you can spot hunting in the woods, often during daylight hours. This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG176285. Estate Barn visitor reception, Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6NF

Step 1

From the main car park, head down the path next to the Estate Barn visitor reception and turn right past the Buckinghamshire Arms pub, before following the path towards the front of Blickling Hall. Take a moment to stop and admire the impressive Jacobean mansion and ancient yew hedges.

Step 2

After the main driveway, carry on towards Blickling Church, turn right and cross the road carefully. Head down Silvergate Lane and turn right into to woodland on your right. Follow the orange waymarkers through the wood (parallel to the road), then turn right across the field.

Step 3

You will then reach a fork. Take the left fork onto a track and then turn left onto a path that runs parallel to the road, following it for a short section until you reach Long Plantation on your right.

Step 4

Turn right across the road where Brady's Walk will join with our multi-use trail (green route), a waymarked path that trends westwards towards Buck's Common and past the Tower.

Step 5

Continue following the multi-use trail past the tower and through Bunkers Hill plantation, as the path curves round towards the Great Wood.

Step 6

Continue on the multi-use path towards Woodgate car park and then turn right on to Brady's Walk (yellow route) waymarked path. Brady’s walk starts to climb uphill after passing the fenced lime trees on the left.

Step 7

Follow Brady's Walk which emerges near the Mausoleum and take in sweeping views across the park, lake and towards the house.

Step 8

From the Mausoleum, run across the parkland, still following Brady's Walk (yellow route) towards the north of the lake.

Step 9

Continue following Brady's Walk (yellow route) waymarkers to the eastern shore path, around the edge of the lake and then south around the perimeter of the formal gardens, where you'll see highlights such as Blickling's orangery.

Step 10

You will emerge at the back of Blickling Church, near the farmyard. Follow the path south by the church and then turn right past the main driveway again, back past the pub and return to Estate Barn visitor reception at the main car park.

Step 11

Enjoy some much-needed refreshments at Muddy Boots café.

End point

Estate Barn visitor reception, Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6NF

Trail map

Blickling's ranger run route shows you the highlights of the estate.
Blickling's ranger run route | © National Trust/Fiona Gowen

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