Skip to content
Ancient trees on the walk up to Croft Ambre Croft Castle, Herefordshire.
Ancient trees on the Croft Castle estate, Herefordshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Croft Castle ancient tree walk

An enjoyable stroll through the fields around Croft Castle, taking in some of the ancient trees on the estate, including an avenue of chestnuts and the 1,000-year-old Quarry Oak. There's also a chance to visit the medieval church of St Michaels and All Angels.

Access to walking trails

All our walking trails are within the parkland at Croft Castle, so you'll need to pay the admission fee or present your National Trust membership card to access them.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Croft visitor reception, grid ref SO45119 65659

Step 1

From visitor reception, turn right and go through the gate, following the track around to the left.

Step 2

Continue along the left-hand track, marked as the green route, keeping the farm buildings on your left.

Step 3

Go through the gate to enter the field. Head towards the bottom of the field, keeping the fence on your right.

Step 4

When you reach the end of the field, follow it round to the left through the hawthorn trees, again keeping the fence on your right.

Under shady chestnut trees
The Spanish Chestnut Avenue at Croft Castle, Herefordshire | © National Trust Images/Robert Morris

Step 5

Head through the gate into the next field, following the green markers.

Step 6

Keep following the mown path. You will pass the castle and the church on your left. Here, you can either go through the gate near the church to get back to the castle or carry on ahead along the drive to the car park.

An old church framed by trees, St Michael and All Angels, Croft Castle, Herefordshire
St Michael and All Angels medieval church on the Croft Castle estate, Herefordshire | © National Trust/James Dobson

Step 7

Exit the meadow through the gate. Walk through the gate to the right of the cattle grid and keep walking down the drive until you reach visitor reception.

End point

Croft visitor reception, grid ref SO45119 65659

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of Croft Castle ancient tree walk, Herefordshire
The ancient tree walk at Croft Castle, Herefordshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

A view of the front of Croft Castle and St Michael and All Angels church (to the left). There is a tall tree and and some white flowered foliage in the foreground on the front lawn.

Croft Castle and Parkland 

1000 years of power, politics and pleasure in an intimate family home

near Leominster, Herefordshire

Fully open today
Under shady chestnut trees

Croft Castle Pokehouse Wood walk 

A long woodland walk taking in the River Lugg – a Site of Special Scientific Interest – some ancient trees and the old bridge that was part of the original approach to the castle.

DistanceMiles: 5.5 (km: 8.8)
Evening sun through trees at the top of a hill at Croft Ambrey, Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Croft Ambrey walk at Croft Castle 

A ramble through fields and woodland, a circuit of Croft Ambrey Iron Age hillfort, then back to your starting point via the outskirts of the picturesque Fishpool Valley.

DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)
Fishpool Valley on the Croft Castle estate, Herefordshire

Croft Castle Fishpool Valley walk 

Discover this historic landscaped valley with its chain of dams and pools, carefully planted trees and architecture such as the icehouse, grotto, pumphouse and limekiln.

DistanceMiles: 1.5 (km: 2.4)

Get in touch

Yarpole, near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9PW

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

Evening sun through the conifers on the Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Exploring the parkland at Croft Castle 

Explore 1,500 acres of wood, farm and parkland including the 'Picturesque' Fishpool Valley and an Iron Age hillfort at Croft Castle.

Dog walking on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Visiting Croft Castle with your dog 

Croft Castle is a two pawprint rated place. You and your dog can explore 1,500 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens at Croft Castle.

Close-up of a girl holding a sandwich close to her mouth

Eating and shopping at Croft Castle 

Tuck into some lunch and light bites in the Carpenter’s tea-room at Croft Castle, or visit the second-hand bookshop to find yourself a pre-loved classic.

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

Walkers climbing rocks against a bright blue sky with the mountains in the distance at Sugarloaf, Monmouthshire


Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.

Visitors walking a small dog across a snow-covered field at Croome, Worcestershire

Walking in Worcestershire and Herefordshire 

From a short lakeside stroll to a lengthier rural ramble, there are walks for everyone in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Discover our pick of the best.