Exploring the estate at Baddesley Clinton
At Baddesley Clinton the 150 acres of parkland, open farmland and dense woodland is home to a rich variety of wildlife, from ducks to deer. You can relax by the lake and stewponds, practise your photography skills and see what wildlife you can spot on a walk.
The trees are bare and looking stark and dramatic against the sky and the grasslands are covered with a coating of frost. Now is the time to wrap up warm and head off for a brisk stroll round the estate.
Many of the summer birds have flown to warmer climes, but you should still spot some of our favourites. Redwings which often arrive, sometimes in large flocks, in the autumn and spend the winter here. In the spring they will return to their breeding grounds in Iceland, Scandinavia, and Russia.
When you visit in the winter, make sure you stop by the Barn Restaurant too, as the produce from the vegetable garden harvest will be put to use in the kitchens to make delicious meals and treats.
Head off on a walk
When you arrive, pop into Visitor Reception and pick up a walks map, which will help you find your way along the miles of fields and woodland here. Take a quiet stroll around the parkland taking in both open grassland and quiet woods or follow one of the walking routes.
You can meander gently around the estate, take a longer walk to our neighbours at Packwood House or follow country lanes to the Grand Union Canal.
The lake and stewponds
Baddesley Clinton is well known for its resident ducks; although watch where you sit to eat your sandwiches as they have quite an appetite.
In spring, the stewpond is usually full of spawn, but is it frog spawn or toad spawn? It’s easy to tell – frog spawn comes in shapeless clumps, but toads lay theirs in neat strings.
If you take a stroll out across the estate, you’re bound to come across some of the resident sheep who are owned and managed by a tenant farmer.
Roe deer and muntjac deer have been spotted occasionally running through the estate. Muntjacs are not native to Britain, coming from south-east Asia, but escaped from the Woburn Abbey estate in about 1925, and have made themselves at home all over the country.
Baddesley Clinton is a great place for birdwatching. From our resident ducks on the moat to really wild birds out in the parkland. There are many species of birds on the estate, some more common than others. Tawny, little and barn owls live here, but are elusive to spot.
Family fun in the grounds
There are lots of things for families to enjoy in the garden and on the wider estate at Baddesley Clinton. From lakeside strolls spotting fish to walks exploring the surrounding countryside, your next adventure awaits.
Whatever the season, there's plenty to see, do, and have fun in the great outdoors.
Wander round the walled garden, courtyard and orchard that make up the garden here at Baddesley Clinton.
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