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The Millennium Stones, a modern standing stone circle at Gatton Park, Surrey. By artist Richard Kindersley,
See the Millennium Stones, a modern standing stone circle at Gatton Park | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Gatton Park past and present walk

Take a relaxing stroll through the parkland of Gatton Park, designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and enjoy a glimpse into its diverse history. With its serpentine lakes and islands of trees it's a special place to explore at any time of year, but particularly so in winter and during bluebell season.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Wray Lane car park, grid ref: TQ26275233

Step 1

To enter Gatton Park use the path marked with the National Trust sign, located opposite the Wray Lane car park entrance. At the first Discover Gatton waymarker post, head down the gentle slope: the park's original carriage drive.

Step 2

At the second post take the left fork in the track.

Step 3

Very shortly after the second post you will find the third post situated above a viewpoint giving you a first glimpse of the historic parkland.

Enjoy the view over parkland at Gatton Park, Surrey
Enjoy the view over parkland at Gatton Park, Surrey | © Chris Worsley

Step 4

Continue along the old carriage road to the fourth post, situated by a lone yew tree, and follow the arrow.

Step 5

At the end of this section of track you will see Tower Lodge on your left marking another of the entrances into the park: it is made from Gatton stone. Turn right at the fifth post.

Step 6

Keep an eye out for views across the parkland and, a little further on, the stone circle. Within a few minutes of leaving the stone circle you will find the sixth post, pointing you to the right, down the hill towards Hop Garden Pond and through the open parkland.

Step 7

Once you've crossed the open parkland, you will re-enter the woodland fringe to post seven. Take a sharp right up the steep bank into Nut Wood. As you reach the top of this track you will be rewarded with perhaps the best view of the main lake over the tops of the trees bordering the serpentine. Once the track levels out, continue until you arrive at a junction of paths.

Step 8

Take a right at this junction, past the highest point in the park. Continue, passing Wingate Hill which offers a last opportunity to look back on the parkland. This is also a good place to try and spot the spire of St Andrew's church nestling in the trees.

Step 9

Turn right and head back to post three and the first viewpoint. At post three follow the arrow left taking you the short distance back to Wray Lane car park.

End point

Wray Lane car park, grid ref: TQ26275233

Trail map

Gatton Park past and present walk map
Gatton Park past and present walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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