Parkland explorer walk
Put on your walking boots and discover historic monuments, woodland and a herd of deer in Stainborough park. With 500 acres of parkland, you can have your own corner to yourself.
The parkland entrance gate near to the Long Barn Cafe.
Enter the parkland through the green gate (noting the sign about dogs on leads and the free roaming deer and livestock). Follow the pink arrow down a grassy path on your left.
Gardening to impress
The parkland at Wentworth Castle Gardens is a display of extreme wealth. Thomas and William had the money to create a fantasy landscape of temples, water features, avenues and woods. this was gardening on a grand scale.
At the bottom of the hill you will come to a green gate. Turn right before this gate, following the pink arrow and keeping the green fence on your left.
At the next pink arrow bear right, keeping the Keepers' Pond and Serpentine River on your left.
Don’t forget to stop and look back at the spectacular views of Wentworth Castle across the parkland.
When you reach a wooden seat, follow the pink arrow around to the right, keeping the trees on your left.
This is the perfect place tick off some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. Get to know a tree or build a den using the bundles of wood you'll find in the trees.
As you continue, the Rotunda will appear ahead. At the next pink arrow take a left to head up to the Rotunda. A perfect place for a picnic.
The Wentworth family added many features to ‘improve’ their estate, including this 1746 building in the style of a Roman temple. Behind it is Ivas Wood. These woodlands were replanted to 're-green' the area in the later 20th century following the coal mining exploits of the Wentworth family.
Retrace your steps back down the path and then turn left at the pink arrow, keeping the trees on your left.
Continue along the path heading through a large metal gate and then a smaller wooden gate. Then bear right following the grass marked path.
Broom Royd Wood and Argyll Column
Broom Royd Wood can be seen on your left. This woodland is home to the Argyll Column, which was built in 1744 by William Wentworth as a monument to his father-in-law, the 2nd Duke of Argyll.
Head through the another wooden gate and continue straight onto The Great South Avenue.
The Great South Avenue
Lined with Beech and Oak trees, this was the former principal approach from the south, dating back to 1771. The driveway is no longer visible.
Continue up hill and at the brow you will see Wentworth Castle appear. Continue until you reach a wooden gate and then take a right down the hill.
From Stainborough Hall to Wentworth Castle
Originally called Stainborough Hall, it was renamed Wentworth Castle after being bought and extended by Thomas Wentworth in 1708.
Head through the large metal gate and continue along the grassy path on the left. Continue until you reach the parkland entrance gate - the point where you started.
Take a moment to admire the views across to Barnsley and Rotherham before you head to the finish point.
At the parkland entrance gate where the walk began. Take a break and enjoy some refreshment back at the Long Barn Café, which serves a selection of snacks, ice creams and hot and cold drinks.
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