Wimpole folly walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

An historical wildlife walk starts from Hardwicke Gate car park and visitor welcome, exploring the diverse landscape of one of the largest estates in Cambridgeshire. Look out for the Chinese Bridge, Wimpole lakes and the Gothic Folly.

Explore the wider parkland and Gothic Folly

Discover the rich history of the land, from the remains of medieval farming to lavish Georgian landscapes. You can also explore the unique contrasts between a historical and modern working estate. Please note, the woodland belts are currently closed. Please follow the diversion signs around the belts on this trail route.


Map route for Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk


Hardwicke Gate visitor welcome and car park, grid ref: TL340507


Having parked in the car park, head towards Hardwicke Gate and go through the building, then follow the pathway down towards the Stable Block ahead of you. Turn left and join the old estate road through the park passing the Hall on your right and continue along the driveway.

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A view of Wimpole stables viewed from the west.


Head towards the fence, cattle grid and small pedestrian gate. Once through the gate, turn right and follow the grass pathway across the park, note the ridges and furrows in the park on your left - evidence of the plough pulled by oxen used on Wimpole's medieval farmland.


With gardens to your right and an avenue of the trees on your left, go straight ahead then meander to the right, circling the slope, following the footpath away from the hall across the field. Keep walking until you reach the ha-ha and iron bridge. Bear left and head towards the lakes until you reach the Chinese Bridge.

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Lakes on the Wimpole Estate


Cross over the Chinese Bridge and keep going up the hill until you reach the Folly. Then with the folly in front of you turn left and down the hill heading towards the gate at the far side of the field.

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Wimpole Folly/Gothic Tower


Walk straight through the farmland on the grass path into the Woodland belt; Follow the path into the woods and then turn left. Keep walking and after the path has eventually meandered around to the right, a fork in the footpath will appear; take the left turning. Continue through the woods on the same pathway.

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Woodland at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire


You will join the multi- trail through this part of the route, as this trail takes a right turn out of the woods, take the left pathway through a kissing gate into open parkland. Turn right, head up the hill and go through the kissing gate across the sunken ha ha. Ahead of you to the left is the medieval mill mound. Follow the avenue beside the wood.


Look out for an avenue of Lime trees to the left leading down to the parterre garden. Follow this pathway down the hill toward the hall. At the bottom bear right, back the way you came.

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The grand exterior of Wimpole Hall


Hardwicke Gate visitor welcome and car park, grid ref: TL340507

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Wimpole folly walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire


This walk is on a well-marked route and on part of the multi-use trail. There are a number of slight gradients as well as areas with livestock.

Dogs are welcome on the parkland, as long as kept on leads. Please remove any dog waste.

Wimpole folly walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Telephone: 01223 206000

Email: wimpolehall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wimpole folly walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

Wimpole Estate, Old Wimpole Road, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
By train

Shepreth 5 miles. Taxi service from Royston 8 miles

By road

8 miles south-west of Cambridge (A603), 6 miles north of Royston (A1198). Entrance via A603

By foot

Wimpole Way from Cambridge; Harcamlow Way from Cambridge to Harlow.

By bus

The 75 from Cambridge drops off passengers at Arrington (1 mile from Wimpole) or Orwell (2 miles from Wimpole).

Wimpole folly walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Hardwicke Gate car park and Stables
  • Old Rectory Restaurant & Stable Cafe
  • National Trust Shop
  • Dogs welcome on leads in park
  • Car park with electric vehicle charging point and cycle racks
  • Secondhand bookshop