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Carpet of bluebells in the woods at Brockhampton, Herefordshire
Bluebells | © National Trust/Steve Betts
Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Spring walk at Croome

This relaxing circular walk around the outer parkland offers great spots to enjoy Croome's springtime flora and fauna, as well as memorable views across the Worcestershire countryside to the Malvern hills.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

National Trust Croome Visitor Centre, near High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW

Step 1

From the Visitor Centre, follow the path through the Wilderness Walk shrubbery (look out for spring-flowering bulbs) to a gate which brings you to the top of Church Hill. Walk around the front of the church and pass through a metal gate into Church Shrubbery, a great spot to see swathes of bluebells when they're in full bloom (check our social channels for bluebell updates). Follow the path eventually passing the bird hide on your left, where you can see a variety of wild birds.

Step 2

Follow the path, crossing a tarmac road. Continue along the path until you reach the Rotunda. Keep your eye out for squirrels frolicking around in the trees. From the Rotunda, follow the path to the right, down through the Home Shrubbery to the iron gate at the bottom. Look out for the banks of daffodils on the right.

Step 3

Go through the iron gate into the park and follow the path to the right towards the house. Continue along the path from the house to the Chinese Bridge.

Step 4

From the Chinese Bridge, staying on the house side of the river, follow the mown path alongside the river for about three quarters of a mile until you reach a stile. Along the way you will see a lot of bird life, if you're lucky you will see a kingfisher or a heron. Cross the stile and walk clockwise around the pool.

Step 5

Cross over a small bridge. Just before the bridge there is a bench, which is a great spot to sit awhile and if you're lucky you will hear nightingales singing.

Step 6

Just after the bridge turn left across a wooden platform into the shelter belt, which is a narrow wooded area. Follow the path for about a mile through the woods until you reach the end of the shelter belt. If you are quiet, you might spot muntjac deer in the belt. We have done a lot of conservation work in this area to improve the habitat for nightingales and ground-nesting birds.

Step 7

At the end of the shelter belt you will see, on the left, a National Trust sign. Turn right, away from the sign, go through the gate and turn right into the field, following the fence along the shelter belt back in the direction you have just walked.

Step 8

Shortly you will reach three gates on the right. Go through the gates until you reach the farm road.

Step 9

Turn left and walk along this road (there may be a further closed gate across the road: go through it). Walk along the road until you see a large gate on the right back into the park. Go through the gate, turn left and in a few yards on the left you will see another gate, into the lake area.

Step 10

Enter the lake area and follow the path to the right, past the remains of the derelict boat house.

Croome spring primroses
Bank of primroses round the lakeside | © Peter Young

Step 11

Where you meet the main path round the lake, turn left and cross the two white bridges linking the island to the main path. Look out for the primroses along the banks. Follow the path around the lake, past the Grotto until you reach the Dry Arch bridge. Turn left under the bridge and follow the path, past the Temple Greenhouse.

Daffodils with the Temple Greenhouse in background
Daffodils growing in spring at the Temple Greenhouse | © John Hubble

Step 12

Continue through the Evergreen Shrubbery back to the Church. From here, return to the Visitor Centre.

End point

National Trust Croome Visitor Centre, near High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW

Trail map

Croome spring trail map
Croome spring trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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