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Exploring the estate at Lytes Cary Manor

Spring Flowers at Lytes Cary
Spring Flowers at Lytes Cary | © Katherine Clarke, National Trust

There's plenty to see on the Lytes Cary Manor estate with three waymarked walks. Discover why White Walk is named so, find the dovecote and look out for water voles on the banks of the River Cary. Gentle, level walks here give opportunity for many wildlife encounters.

The White Walk

The White Walk takes you into woodland that is a valuable environment for birds. The field name, Raven’s Nest, suggests there were once trees of a height that would attract ravens to the area.

See if you can spot chiffchaffs, bullfinches and nuthatches feeding on fruit from the old orchard. The clouds of white cherry plum blossom gives this walk its name from their frothy petals and heavy springtime scent.

The round dovecote at Lytes Cary with the manor house in the background
The dovecote at Lytes Cary | © National Trust Images/Tamsin Holmes

The Estate Walk

The Estate Walk is waymarked in red and leads you along an ancient route called Ridgway Lane. Head back past the Dovecote which was only built in the 1930s but was inspired by the 18th-century dovecote at Avebury Manor in Wiltshire.

Extend your walk round open fields before skirting back by the community allotments. This is a good place to see plenty of birdlife and often a chance of seeing a roe deer as well.

A water vole by a canal
Water vole | © National Trust Images/Richard Bradshaw

The River Walk

The River Walk, waymarked in purple, loops around the open fields and the River Cary. Look out for the field margins which are cut late in the year and provide habitat for overwintering bees and insects. Continue along the river bank which is deliberately left undisturbed to provide reeds and rushes for resident water voles.

The outside of Lytes Cary in summer with hedges to the left

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

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