The parkland at Berrington Hall
Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was the most important landscape architect of the 18th century, designing around 170 parks throughout the country. Berrington was the culmination of his life's work, so on your visit to the parkland, you’ll experience his vision through the views, water features and trails through the acres of countryside.
As the crisp air of autumn begins to sweep through the parkland and gardens, watch as the trees burst into a stunning display of rich reds, warm oranges, and deep chestnut browns. Here at Berrington, we have acres of trees that transform the landscape each year, offering a spectacle of autumnal beauty. Take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and immerse yourself in the stunning colours of the season at the site.
A major project
Brown was appointed by Thomas Harley in the 1770s to lay out a park and make the most of the spectacular Herefordshire views west towards Wales and the Black Mountains.
Brown's classic device of divided views can clearly be seen from the steps of the house; to the north-west to the hill of Croft Ambrey, to the west into Wales and finally to the south-west where he built a 14-acre lake complete with island.
Haven for wildlife
The lake is now a haven for wildlife including many breeds of waterfowl, fish and insects. In addition, the lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the herons which nest on the island during spring each year.
More secretive than usual visitors, these shy creatures have made Berrington their home. They have been captured by our 'otter cam', usually being caught at night.
Otters breed throughout the year and having young makes these normally nocturnal, shy and elusive creatures more visible. No young otters have been spotted recently.
Walking at Berrington
There are two way-marked trails through the parkland, so you can explore every corner of the estate with notes explaining Brown's original vision along the way. Choose from the Lakeside Walk or Parkland Walk, or even a mixture of the two and take in the scenery, sights and sounds of the Herefordshire countryside.
Please be aware that the Berrington estate falls under a historic tenancy to the Cawley family who graze their livestock here.
Click here for a PDF version of the Croft Castle walks map. All walks and trail routes can be found in the 'Things to see and do' section of our website.
Explore the nooks and crannies of Berrington's 'Capability' Brown-designed parkland and lake on this picturesque walk around the estate.
Enjoy this gentle stroll down to the lake and enjoy the scenery and sounds of the parkland at Berrington, no matter the weather.
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