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A mother and daughter explore the woods in Spring on Blickling's multi use trail
Explore the woods | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman
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Blickling Estate multi-use trail

Enjoy a fun walk or cycle around the perimeter of Blickling Park, near Aylsham, Norfolk. This multi-use trail – perfect for walkers, pushchairs, adapted wheelchair users and cyclists – is ideal for all-weather use with a hard surface, and takes you through woods and open land. Visit the Tower, Great Wood and Mausoleum as you explore.

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Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

Step 1

With the visitor centre behind you, head towards the rear of the car park and follow the fence round to the road. Turn left and then turn right at the tree in the middle of the road towards the gates into Blickling park. After going through the gate, take the left fork in front of you and then follow the green arrow to take the track on your left.

Step 2

The track bears away to the right into the park, then bears round to the left and then right, running parallel with the Aylsham road for a while.

Step 3

The path runs along a cultivated field towards a wood, known as Long Plantation, at the bottom end. The path bears right and then almost immediately left. Enter the wood.

Step 4

Go straight ahead, heading towards the Tower.

Step 5

Continue on, until you reach a break in the wood and a small path to the right leading to the Tower. Take time to have a look. Afterwards, retrace your steps to the break in the wood; turn right and continue until you reach a small car park on your left. The path then runs around Hyde Park (which can be seen through the trees on your right), eventually bearing right and running along Bunkers Hill, also on your right.

The 18th-century brick Tower, with a square tower and a taller round tower, both with crenellations,  is now let as a holiday cottage
You could stay here; the 18th-century Tower is now let as a holiday cottage | © National Trust/Michael Graham

Step 6

After 200 yds (200m) or so, when passing another small car park, you’ll be entering Great Wood.

Step 7

The path bears right here.

Rear view of a group of people walking, and one using  wheelchair, on the accessible path at Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire
The trail is suitable for walking and wheeling | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Step 8

The path goes uphill for a while, flattens out and then goes downhill.

Step 9

Follow the path until you reach a fir plantation, then immediately turn right. This will eventually bring you to an area where you can examine the Mausoleum.

Cyclists pedal past the pyramid-shaped Mausoleum, standing in a clearing in woodland, on Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Take a closer look at the Mausoleum, Blickling Estate, Norfolk | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Step 10

When you reach a junction in the path, going right will take you to the Mausoleum, or turn left to continue the trail. Coming out of the wood, the trail continues along an open area for 200–300m to an area known as the Beeches.

Step 11

Turn right at the Beeches, go through the gates and head down the path. Take the opportunity to sit on the bench halfway down the hill and enjoy the view. Exit the park gates, back to the car park and enjoy much-needed refreshments at Muddy Boots café.

End point

Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

Trail map

Blickling multi-use trail map, Norfolk
Follow the green dashed trail | © National Trust

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