Much of the land is grazed by sheep and cattle but the rest of the estate is a mosaic of wonderful habitats - from open moorland and wooded streams through to lakes and mires.
There are also over 320 hectares of woodland on the estate, including conifer plantations and small pockets of mixed broad leaved woodland, and there are many miles of hedgerows and hedgerow trees.
Alongside our trees, there are some wonderful sites for wildflowers across the estate from peat bogs and old quarries through to disused railway lines and stream edges.
There is a wealth of wildlife associated with these special places - barn owls, otters, cray fish and red squirrels all live on the estate alongside incredible orchids and veteran trees.
As well as containing amazing habitats and wildlife, the Wallington estate is also full of fantastic landscapes and interesting archaeology.
Look out for a ruined castle built as a folly in the 1760s on top of Rothley Crags and Codger’s Fort, a supposed gun battery nearby.
Another highlight on the estate is Rothley Lake, an impressive lake divided by the road towards Rothbury This beautiful lake, originally designed as a fishing lake by ‘Capability’ Brown, is a tranquil spot, surrounded by wildlife and home to a family of swans.
If you want to get out and explore the estate on foot, why not stretch your legs on the Wannie Line Walk, which follows the former railway lines that ran through the estate until the Beeching cuts in the 1960s?
Starting from the car park behind the National Trust office at Scots Gap, this seven mile circular walk will take you through Wallington’s agricultural and industrial past as you walk where the trains once ran through the heart of the estate.
Further afield is Greenleighton Quarry. This disused limestone quarry is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its fossils and geology but it is also home to wonderful orchids during the summer.
There is a small car park outside the quarry, making it an ideal base for walks in the rugged northern part of the estate.
There is lots more to see and explore so we’re working on improving access and opening up more walks on our estate over the coming months - keep an eye on how we’re doing.