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Discover the trees of Attingham's Mile Walk | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Shropshire & Staffordshire

Discover the trees of Attingham Park's Mile Walk

As the green of the leaf canopies in September begins to change to the autumnal reds, ambers, and golds during October you’ll notice something new on this Tree Trail each time you do the walk. Find out about some of the interesting trees in the historic Pleasure Grounds around the Mile Walk at Attingham Park. The information in this trail is taken from 'The Mile Walk at Attingham Park: Interesting trees and shrubs' by Dr Andy Gordon.

For young explorers

If you're planning a visit why not bring some paper and wax crayons to make some bark rubbings, bring a magnifying glass to take a closer look at the leaves, branches and bark, or collect things you find along the trail to make a nature picture when you get home? As you explore the trees on the walk please try not to disturb any wildlife you come across, and 'leave no trace' of the fun you've had.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Visitor reception, Attingham Park, SY4 4TP. Grid ref: SJ5501109896.

Step 1

Walk to the front of the Mansion. Where the path forks to the front of the portico steps, bear left and continue around the east side of the Mansion.

Step 2

The path divides into two just after the oak tree. Bear right, walking alongside the river.

Common oak tree on the Mile Walk, Attingham, Shropshire
Find the oak, the first tree on the trail | © National Trust

Step 3

Continue along the path.

A stone pine tree leans to the left, beside a black metal fence, with grassland beyond, at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Does this stone pine tree remind you of a Christmas tree? | © National Trust

Step 4

Continue along the route alongside the river bank.

The twisted branches and ribbed leaves of a contorted hazel tree, which has a sign with its name, written in white text on a black background, at Attingham Park, Shropshire
The eyecatching twisted branches of the contorted hazel tree | © National Trust

Step 5

Let's carry on along the trail.

Close-up of green leaves of the cucumber tree at Attingham, Shropshire
Leaf of the cucumber tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham Park | © National Trust

Step 6

As you continue along the path you'll see a solitary cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) behind a fence, before the path curves to the left. Take the left turning after the cedar to continue around the Mile Walk.

A single cedar of Lebanon tree, with some severed branches, at Attingham Park, Shropshire
This cedar of Lebanon is over 200 years old | © National Trust

Step 7

Follow the curve around the top of the Mile Walk.

A cut-leaf beech tree on the edge of woodland at Attingham Park, Shropshire
A cut-leaf beech tree backed by woodland | © National Trust

Step 8

Passing a bench on the right, you’ll walk into a clearing with trees planted in a circle, with the path cutting through the middle. Continue walking, heading straight ahead when a path joins this one from the right-hand side.

Leafy honey locust trees, with a grassy clearing and a gap through to an open grassy area beyond, at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Enter the circle of honey locust trees | © National Trust

Step 9

Continue along the path, past the Orchard and Bothy. If you'd like to stop off at the Walled Garden, follow the one-way route to it. When you leave the garden you will return to this path in front of the Bothy. Not far along this path there's also a turn-off to the right, to the Field of Play. When you've finished in the Field of Play exit via either of the gates and follow the route back to the Stables Courtyard and visitor reception.

A clump of tall grand fir trees, at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Fast-growing grand fir trees at Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust

Step 10

Walk around the paddock fence and continue along the path.

A sweet chestnut tree, with a sign showing its name, backed by other trees at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Spot the sweet chestnut tree at Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust

Step 11

Continue along the path until you reach the Stables Courtyard. Exit through the courtyard towards visitor reception and the car park.

The ridged trunk of the false acacia or locust tree, with a sign using white letters on a black background saying 'false acacia or locust tree', at Attingham Park, Shropshire
The ridged trunk of the false acacia or locust tree, at Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust

End point

Attingham Park visitor reception, grid ref: SJ5501109896.

Trail map

Map of the Discover the trees of the Mile Walk
Discover the trees of the Mile Walk trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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