Much of this trail runs beside a river, and is therefore prone to flooding in wet weather. Sensible footwear is advised. Please exercise caution near the water.
Total steps: 8
Total steps: 8
Car park, Coughton Court, grid ref: SP083606
From the welcome centre, walk back to the overflow car park across the bridge. Turn right and walk halfway through the car park until you see a wide gate on the left. Go through the gate and bear left across the field towards a wide metal gate with a National Trust signpost beside it. Go through the kissing gate and onto the Arden Way.
Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years. This Tudor house stands testament to a family's courage in maintaining their Catholic beliefs during a time of great religious upheaval. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century.
With the hedge on your left, walk along the edge of the field to the corner, turn right and after a few metres go through a metal gate on your left. Continue diagonally across the field to another kissing gate. You'll see an Arden Way signpost.
Enter Haydon Way Wood, part of the Heart of England Forest, and take the right-hand fork past the bench which will be on your right side. Continue until you reach the gate and then cross the bridge. At the end of the bridge turn right, go through the gate and follow the river downstream. A large farmhouse will be on your left.
Heart of England Forest
The Heart of England Forest Project was recently assisted to make its first purchase of existing woodland – 186 acres of mainly conifer trees called Coughton Park Wood. These conifers are being felled in stages and the plantation will be transformed into native broadleaf woodland. The aim of the partnership between the project and the late Felix Dennis is to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest in the heart of England. Look at the progress as you pass by.
Go through the gate and up the steps to the next gate. Follow the river to another gate, go through and continue to follow the river. At the fork, go right nearest to the river and follow it round. On the right there will be a small wooden plank bridge to cross in to the next field. At the fork, go right and cross over the next wooden bridge and continue straight ahead.
Go through the next gate, turn left and continue towards the wood. Once in Timm's Grove (a bluebell wood) turn right and continue on a circular route until you arrive back at the entrance gate.
This clock, which was carved specially for Coughton Court, was installed in 2013. In spring the floor of the wood is carpeted in bluebells.
Go through the gate, turn left and head diagonally across the field towards the bridge. Once you reach the bridge you can either go across the bridge into Coughton or, for those who would like a longer walk or who have a dog, turn left at the bridge, keeping the river on your right until you reach a gate.
Go across the field and through the kissing gate onto the stone road. Head straight over the stone road and through the next kissing gate. Cross the field and go through the gate, then keep to the right-hand side of the field. Look carefully for a path down to a kissing gate in the corner of the field. The grass is sometimes long here and the gate difficult to find. An alternative is to turn right along the stone road. This can flood at any time of the year so be cautious.
Go through the gate and turn right onto the road. Once you reach the ford cross the bridge, continue along the road and turn right back into Coughton Court. Pass both churches and the house, then head back over the bridge into the car park.
Car park, Coughton Court, grid ref: SP083606
Uneven sections and kissing gates. Field paths may be marshy following wet weather. Livestock (and their droppings) are present, along with some water hazards (ponds and ditches).
Coughton Court, Alcester, B49 5JA
Redditch railway station 6 miles.
From Redditch or Stratford-upon-Avon.
National Cycle Network Route 5, ½ mile.
Arden Way walking route passes the end of Coughton Court's drive.
2 miles north of Alcester on A435.
Dogs welcome on leads in car park and on public footpaths. It is essential that dogs are kept on leads where livestock is present. No dogs allowed in house.
National Trust car park (free for members).
Toilets at Coughton Court.
Café at Coughton Court.
Shop at Coughton Court.
Restaurant at Coughton Court.
Some areas accessed via kissing gate.
Rough paths throughout the trail, with some marshy patches.
This gentle circular walk starting from Coughton Court will lead you through the surrounding countryside taking in views around Studley Castle and Spernal Park. It's the perfect trail for all the family to enjoy time outdoors together.
The Throckmorton family created and manages the award-winning garden at Coughton. Highlights include the walled garden, lake, knot garden, vegetable garden, orchard and bog garden.
A trip to Coughton wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the café and shop. Indulge in a delicious cream tea, pick up a souvenir, or grab your next read from the second-hand bookshop.
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