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The parkland at Berrington Hall

Swans on the lake
Swans live on the 'Capability' Brown designed lake | © NT

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.

Grey heron stalking prey at Newton Pool, Northumberland
Berrington's pool is home to one of the largest heronries in the West Midlands | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

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.

The 'Capability' Brown lake in spring
The 'Capability' Brown designed lake at Berrington | © National Trust

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.

Otters

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.

Group of visitors in the grounds with Berrington Hall in the background, Herefordshire

Discover more at Berrington Hall

Find out when Berrington Hall is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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