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Enjoy a walk around Packwood with the children | © National Trust Images/ James Dobson

Packwood family walk

A short circular route taking in our woodland Welly Walk – with four play glades where you can build dens, make music or stop for a picnic – as well as wider parts of the estate. Look out for a short cut halfway through in case little legs are getting tired.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Packwood car park, grid ref SP174725

Step 1

Come through reception, turn left and walk along the York stone and crushed brick path. You'll come to a fingerpost that points to the start of the Welly Walk at the large wooden archway on the edge of the meadow.

Step 2

At the entrance to the Welly Walk, turn left and follow the pathway. After a couple of minutes, you'll come to the first of four play glades. This is a good place to build a den or simply linger and listen to the birds.

Step 3

Continue on the path to glade two. When it's wet, the going gets a little tougher – why not see if you can balance on our woodland stepping stones to avoid the puddles.

Step 4

Continue along the path, past the woodland shelter, until the footpath branches off just after some wooden stepping stones. Keep to the right where the ferns are growing and go through two gate entrances.

Step 5

Just after exiting through the second gate, you'll come to play glade three where the family can get involved in some friendly competition with the woodland hoopla or play a tune on the tree xylophone.

Step 6

After another short stroll, you'll come to play glade four and the end of the Welly Walk. This is a great place to stop for a rest or have a picnic. At this point you're about halfway round the main walk.

Step 7

Passing the two ponds on your right, you'll enter Gorse Wood over a narrow wooden bridge.

Step 8

Following the path to the woodland edge on your left, you'll see a circular 'deer brash' hedge made by the ranger and his volunteers to protect a newly planted hazel coppice. Go through the gate to enter the Gorse Woodland extension. This area opens out to give lovely views of the Warwickshire countryside.

Step 9

Follow the wooden sign over the boardwalk and continue as the pathway slopes down to two gateways breaking through a recently planted hedgerow. Once past the second gate, follow the wooden sign and skirt the field, heading past the large fallen oak to another wooden sign and a gate beyond on your left.

Step 10

As you exit the gate, you'll skip over a small 'ditch' bridge. You're now in Bow Meadow with views back to the car park and café. Follow the sign to your left and head for the small group of oak trees near an old fence boundary in the distance. Stick to the edge of the field on your left, alongside hedgerow and later woodland. After about five minutes, you'll be back at the halfway point of your walk and will rediscover the oak avenue on your right.

Step 11

Head back towards the house along a short avenue of horse chestnuts, some of which have come to the end of their life. On a summer's evening, sitting on one of the old tree stumps and taking in the scenery is wonderful and really gives you an idea of the extent of the Packwood estate.

End point

Packwood car park, grid ref SP174725

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map for the Packwood House family walk
The Packwood House family walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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