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Exploring the parkland at Hardwick

Longhorn cattle grazing on the Shugborough Estate
Explore the park this winter | © ©National Trust Images/David Goacher

Enjoy the frosty crunch underfoot as you explore Hardwick historic and listed park this winter. Enjoy the stillness of this time of year and see the animals more clearly through the bare leaved trees.

The parkland at Hardwick

The Hardwick Estate surrounding the magnificent Hall, covers around 2,500 acres of parkland and includes a variety of habitats from woodland and wetland to farmland.

Many layers of history make the park a fascinating place to visit. Visit the restored Duck Decoy and Ice House, both of which helped to supply the Hall in past times. Please note that there is currently no access to Miller's Pond due to damage from Storm Babet.

Walking routes 

There’s plenty of walking routes to try around the wider estate at Hardwick. From shorter dog walks around Lady Spencer's Woods to wider Estate walks across the parkland and beyond. You'll be rewarded with some spectacular views, gently framed by an abundance of veteran trees.

Walk with us

This new walking programme offers free guided group walks focusing on fitness and friendship. With 5 trails to explore, there is a walk for all ages and abilities. Find out more and visit our event's page.

Tree Planting Season

National Tree Week at the begining of December marks the start of tree planting season on the Hardwick Estate. You may start to see the Hardwick Rangers working hard to plant more trees throughout the parkland.

View along the Yew Alley towards the hall at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Discover more at Hardwick

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

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