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Orchids growing in the park at Benthall
Summer at Benthall Hall | © National Trust Images
Shropshire & Staffordshire

Benthall parkland and meadow walk

This short circular walk takes you through the parkland immediately in front of Benthall Hall, through the wild area where wild orchids bloom in summer and an array of wildlife including grass snakes and kestrels call home.

Grazing cattle and sheep

There are cattle and sheep grazing parts of the route, so please keep dogs under close control around livestock.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Benthall Hall car park, TF12 5RX

Step 1

From the car park, head through the gate immediately opposite and continue straight down the track. From late spring to autumn, a wander path is cut taking you closer to Benthall Hall, across what was the hall tennis court and through an old orchard.

Step 2

At the top of the avenue of chestnut trees turn right and proceed down the chestnut avenue and through the pedestrian gate just beyond the end.

Step 3

Turn left and follow the path that runs roughly parallel to the fence. This is the start of our wild area. Shortly before you reach the end of this stretch, you will pass under a set of low level power lines. This is where the orchid path will start during orchid flowering season. Otherwise follow the path round through the trees until you come to a stile.

Step 4

Do not cross the stile, but turn right and continue through the willow copse until you emerge into the meadow area.

Step 5

Follow the marked path along the field edge, passing beneath a couple of solitary horse chestnuts and close to the Moon Pool where rare water violets can be seen flowering in May and June

Step 6

Go through a couple of wooden pedestrian gates enclosing a small copse next to the lane, emerging again into the park, and proceed up the field edge enjoying some of the best views of the hall and church to finish the walk.

End point

Benthall Hall car park, TF12 5RX

Trail map

Map of Benthall parkland and meadow walk
Map of Benthall and meadow parkland walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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