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Quatt village, near Dudmaston, Shropshire
The village of Quatt sits on the Dudmaston estate | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Shropshire & Staffordshire

Captain Geoffrey's Dudmaston Estate walk

Follow the dark blue waymarkers to take you on a walk through this historic working estate that dates back to Norman times. Throughout this time it has, and continues to be, a working estate and a family home.

Captain Geoffrey

Geoffrey Wolryche-Whitmore (1881–1969) was agent of Dudmaston estate from 1908. Travelling to Germany to study modern methods of forestry, his vision and pioneering work saved Dudmaston from economic ruin.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Hampton Loade car park, WV15 6HD

Step 1

Leave the north end of the car park through the metal gate in the corner. Follow the riverside path until you reach the large bridge.

Step 2

Pass under the bridge and go diagonally right towards the gate. Enter the woods and climb for approximately 30m then take the level track on the left. Follow this track for approx. ¾ mile. Go through the wooden kissing gate, walk to the clearing and turn right. The path climbs steeply and you come to a junction.

Step 2 of Captain Geoffreys estate walk on the Dudmaston Estate in Shropshire
Walk through this gate to the Long Covert | © National Trust

Step 3

Turn right and head down hill. After a short walk, the track descends towards Quatt Brook. Cross the brook over the stepping stones and climb up into the park. As you leave the woods bear diagonally right and walk towards Dudmaston visitor reception.

Step 4

Walk up the side of the main drive towards the main entrance. Cross the main road and enter the field opposite via the gate. Follow the public footpath which runs alongside the lane to the Old Sawmill buildings. Follow the track behind some sheds and continue along the track until you see the Old Sawmill car park which is on the other side of the road. Cross the road and enter the car park.

Step 5

Walk down the edge of the car park on the bridlepath until you reach Old Hall. As the track bends to the left, go through the field gate on your right. Then turn left to follow the garden fence onto the drive and up the lane. Turn right towards Quatt. At the main road, cross over and turn left to Quatt Farm Shop

Step 5 of Captain Geoffreys estate walk on the Dudmaston Estate in Shropshire
Walk down the lane next to the Sawmill car park | © National Trust

Step 6

Look for the kissing gate at the end of Quatt Farm Shop forecourt. Go through the gate and follow the public footpath for 1½ miles. After you've walked across the access track to Hampton Loade Water Treatment Works, there is one more field to cross. Go through the kissing gate back onto the lane that takes you downhill towards Hampton Loade car park.

Step 6 of Captain Geoffreys estate walk on the Dudmaston Estate in Shropshire
Quatt Farm Shop on the Dudmaston Estate | © National Trust

End point

Hampton Loade car park, WV15 6HD

Trail map

Captain Geoff Estate walk map Dudmaston
Captain Geoffrey's Estate Walk map | © National Trust

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