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A view of Eight Arch Bridge over the Fish Pond at Stackpole
Eight Arch Bridge over the lakes at Stackpole | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Secrets of Stackpole Court walk

This trail offers a chance to explore the amazing landscape and parkland designed by the Cawdor family as a backdrop to their grand house, Stackpole Court, which was demolished in 1963.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Stackpole Court car park, grid ref: SR976963.

Step 1

Walk from the car park to the open green area.

Step 2

Walk across the green area in front of you to the terrace and enjoy the view down to the lake. You'll see the Eight Arch Bridge, and the Deer Park on the other side of the lake.

Step 3

Retrace your steps and enter Lodge Park. A network of footpaths means you can choose your own route, but look for the main landmarks as you wander round. First is the summer house, which would have been visible through the trees from the court.

Step 4

Enter the walled flower garden by one of the gaps in the wall. This area was planted with flower beds until the First World War.

Step 5

Head for the stone seat and look out for the ginko trees nearby.

Step 6

You'll find the ice house on the outer perimeter of the wood. This is a deep (14 feet/4.3 metres) stone-lined shaft which would have been stuffed with layers of straw and packed with ice for preserving food. Today it's used by bats.

Step 7

From the court site, descend a steep flight of steps to the Hidden Bridge.

Step 8

You can leave Lodge Park at this point to visit the walled garden.

Step 9

Return to the car park by whichever paths you haven't explored.

End point

Stackpole Court car park, grid ref: SR976963.

Trail map

A map of the secrets of Stackpole Court walk
A map of the secrets of Stackpole Court walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013. Ordnance Survey.

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