All dogs must be kept on leads due to grazing deer and sheep in the park.
Total steps: 8
Total steps: 8
Belton main car park, grid ref: SK928391
Make your way from the visitor reception building towards the front steps of Belton House. As you look at the mansion, follow the small gravel path on your right into the park, keeping the estate railing on your left. When sheep are grazing this area of the park, you will also have to go through a small pedestrian gate to pass through the electric fencing. Follow the tree line all the way to the gate in the wooden fence.
The former home of the Brownlow family and is often cited as being the perfect example of an English country house estate. Why not pop in when you have finished your walk?
Go through the gate and on the left you’ll see a ha-ha (a special feature in the park to keep deer away from the house). Walk towards the first row of lime trees that make up the East Avenue. Walk up the avenue, away from the house and towards the brow of the hill.
Look ahead to catch a glimpse of Bellmount Tower, a mid–18th–century Grade II listed building in the landscape. The viewing tower was designed as a focal point. Guests to the house would gaze out along the avenue of lime and horse chestnut trees towards this ‘eye catcher’ on the hill.
Before the wooden gate, bear right along the fence line and up the hill. Pick up the path that runs along the back of Old Wood. The wood is identified as ‘Old Wood’ on estate maps dating back to 1690. The wood is a sanctuary for Belton’s wild fallow deer that can often be seen resting here. Once you reach the other side of the wood, you’ll come to the fence line that denotes the edge of the golf course. At this point bear right, heading downhill. Pass the small Conduit House on your left.
Look out for the direct descendants of the wild deer herd kept here since 1690. The deer have large, flat antlers and can be a variety of colours.
Following the fence line, head down the hill and through the wooden gate. You will pass the Alford Memorial on your left. Turn left at the corner of the golf course and head towards the gate at the head of Towthorpe Ponds. Once through the gate, continue along the path through the wooded area, still keeping the golf course on your left. This path will take you to the Lion Gates at the far end of the park.
The memorial was commissioned by the first Earl Brownlow in 1851 in memory of his son, Lord Alford. The Latin inscription translated reads: 'Farewell, my dearest son. Among these trees, once fortunate in aspect, I, your weeping father, place this here, offered in your name with a prayer'.
With your back to the gates, proceed up the avenue towards the house for 50m. Take the waymarked path to your left that will lead you towards the River Witham.
Along this stretch you’ll often see or hear green woodpeckers, who like to feed on the yellow meadow ants found in the numerous ant hills.
Keeping the river on your left, you’ll pass the site of the deserted medieval village of Towthorpe. Follow the path between the meadow and river keeping an ancient hedgerow on your left. To get closer to the river, bear left at the waymark and head for the boardwalk. Alternatively stay on the top path and go through a small copse until you come to a wooden gate at the far end of the Towthorpe Ponds.
Towthorpe is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 but is thought to date from much earlier, as pre-historic and Saxon artefacts have been found in the area. Today there's little trace of the village, although earthworks can be seen on the western side of the river. Look out for evidence of the ridge and furrow medieval farming methods in the landscape.
Pass through the gate and continue straight along the path until you approach a fence. Bear right here and make your way towards the old carriageway of the ‘south drive’. You will pass one of the oldest trees in the park, a sycamore planted when the mansion was built. Follow the drive back towards the house, shop and café.
The ponds were created around 1820 and have been a haven for white-clawed crayfish. Keep a look out for the kingfishers and dragonflies that can sometimes be spotted darting across the water.
You’re now back at the top of the oval where you started.
During the spring and summer months, you can watch the swallows coming back and taking a rest on the sides of the house.
Belton main car park, grid ref: SK928391
The route goes rough pasture following sheep and deer tracks. The terrain is firm in most weather conditions, but can be muddy at times especially along the riverside. There's a slight hill and a number of gates, but no stiles.
Belton Estate, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS.
Bus 1 (Lincoln – Grantham) stops outside the main entrance of Belton.
Bus 27 (Sleaford – Grantham) stops outside the main entrance of Belton.
Located on the A607, Grantham to Lincoln road, Belton House is signposted from the A1 and A52.
Satnav: please use NG32 2LS / Belton Village for directions.
Dogs are welcome in the parkland but must be kept on a lead due to grazing deer and livestock.
Provided free of charge. Please note: grounds admission applies. All visitors (including members) must obtain a ticket from visitor reception.
The Stables Café is open, with indoor seating serving a range of hot and cold lunches and snacks as well as a full range of drinks.
The outdoor adventure playground is open daily.
The gift shop and second-hand bookshop are open daily.
The ground at Belton, due to it’s historic setting, can be uneven with cobbles and gravel paths. Access through gates and fields along deer and sheep tracks.
Accessible toilets can be found in the parkland, the Stables Café and the Ride.
Exploration and relaxation for the whole family
Packed full of treasures, discover a mansion bursting with history. Belton's collection tells a story rich in global history and our future work will focus on bringing those stories to life.
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