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The Ionic Rotunda, a round stone structure with a domed roof supported by columns, stands on raised grassy ground, with bare-branched trees to both sides
Take in the views from the Ionic Rotunda | © National Trust Images/Gary Cosham
Sussex

Capability Brown's Pleasure Gardens walk

Take a 1-mile (1.6km) circular stroll around the Pleasure Garden, to see the monuments introduced by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The Pleasure Gardens were laid out in the 16th century and re-developed by 'Capability' Brown in the late 18th century. He suggested sites for the Doric Temple and Ionic Rotunda to give impressive views both to and from the structures, introduced a ha-ha between the Pleasure Gardens and in the Park designed winding paths from the House and around the grounds.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Main car park, Petworth House & Park, West Sussex GU28 9LR. Grid ref: SU966239.

Step 1

From the car park walk, through the visitor centre (admission applies). Walk to your right along the path towards a set of gates, before turning left onto a grass path between some thorn trees. The path climbs across the wildflower meadow.

Step 2

Turn right at the top of the meadow below a bank of azaleas and follow the path to the Pleasure Gardens wall.

Step 3

Turn around and retrace your steps to the top of the meadow and then continue on the path, climbing the slight rise towards the Ionic Rotunda.

Step 4

Walk south along the track, rejoining the Salvin Drive and then proceed west towards the house.

Step 5

Continue along the Salvin Drive into the courtyard.

Step 6

In the courtyard, pause for a moment at the two urns, acquired by the 3rd Earl in late 18th or early 19th century. If you need refreshment, stop off at the café or restaurant in the Servants' Quarters.

Step 7

Retrace your steps back to the car park, taking the pedestrian track where the drive curves to the left.

End point

Main car park, Petworth House & Park, West Sussex GU28 9LR. Grid ref: SU966239.

Trail map

Petworth Capability Brown pleasure grounds walk map
Petworth Capability Brown pleasure grounds walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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