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Exploring the estate at Packwood

A view over the lake at Packwood, Warwickshire
Spring is a lovely time to explore the estate at Packwood | © John Bayley

There’s plenty to explore beyond the boundaries of Packwood House. Miles of public footpaths in the surrounding estate take in fields, woodland and canals. Find out more about the places to discover at Packwood and the flora and fauna that you might see along the way.

Walking around the estate

Pull on your walking boots and discover the Warwickshire countryside surrounding Packwood. Take a gentle stroll up to St Giles Church, or head out on a longer walk through the Arden countryside and along the Stratford-upon-Avon canal to neighbouring Baddesley Clinton.

St Giles Church

This village church dates from the late thirteenth century. The tower was built at the expense of Nicholas Brome, Lord of Baddesley Clinton Manor, who discovered the priest ‘chockinge his wife under ye chinne’ and murdered him on the spot. As a penance, after pardons from the Pope and the King, he financed the towers at Packwood and Baddesley churches.

The Stratford-upon-Avon canal

The nearby canal runs from Birmingham’s suburbs to Shakespeare’s Stratford in 25 picturesque miles. The canal is split into a northern and a southern section, the latter restored by the National Trust between 1961 and 1964. The revived canal was re-opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1964.

Walk maps are available to pick up from the new-build on arrival.

Wildlife in the warmer months

Packwood provides the ideal habitat for birds, insects and amphibians. Visit in spring and summer to see frogs, herons and more – you might even spot boxing hares.

Cuckoos and chiffchaffs

Cuckoos and chiffchaffs arrive in March and April and their distinctive sounds can be heard all over Packwood. Both birds have onomatopoeic names relating to their calls and the chiffchaff is a very active little bird, constantly flicking its tail while looking for food. You may be lucky enough to see one catching insects in flight.

Canada geese

If you take a stroll around the lake you’re sure to spot the Canada geese and their young over the spring and early summer months. Make sure you give them plenty of space as adults are very protective of their goslings.


You will also be able to spot a large number of mallards on the lake. You can often hear them before you see them, especially if the female is summoning ducklings that have strayed a little too far.


Across in the woodland, nuthatches are a regular sight and can often be spotted climbing up the trees. They are beautifully coloured birds with a little black stripe across their eyes.

Grey herons

Our grey herons are often seen standing motionless down by the lake, searching for small fish and amphibians. They look almost prehistoric when they take off and once in the air they are often mistaken for birds of prey.


Spring is the time to find frog spawn and strings of toad spawn in the pools around Packwood, and in the summer you will find young frogs. The ponds in the woodland provide breeding places for frogs, toads and newts. Frogs and toads hibernate over the winter months under rocks or in compost heaps.


Two beehives can be found in Packwood’s orchard apiaries, containing approximately 7,500 bees in each. In spring you might see the queen bees buzzing around looking for a place to make a new colony, while in summer the worker bees will be looking for nectar around the garden and estate. During the summer there could be up to 50,000 bees in each colony.


If you’re lucky you may be able to see a pair of boxing hares while walking in the estate. If you do see hares boxing, it is not two males fighting over mates or territory as you may think, but it is the female trying to fight off the male.

Family in the woods at Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight climbing over fallen tree with bluebells flowering.
Spring's a great time to get out and explore the estate | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Family fun

Ideal for families, don your wellies and set off on an adventure along Packwood’s welly walk. There's den building, wildlife spotting, music making and more along the way. The route gets very muddy so, as the walk's name suggests, wellies are a must. The welcome team can point you in the right direction.

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