Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

An historical wildlife walk starting at our grand stable-block, exploring the diverse landscape of one of the largest estates in Cambridgeshire. Look out for the Chinese Bridge, Wimpole lakes and the Gothic Folly and of course the woodland belts.

Explore the woodland belt designed by Lancelot 'capability' Brown

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.


Map route for Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk


Kendall Stable-block, grid ref: TL336509


Go through the black gate opposite the stable-block and follow the path until you're in front of Wimpole Hall. Remember to look at the view down the stunning South Avenue.

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A view of Wimpole stables viewed from the west.


Follow the path around the house until you reach a gate. Once through the gate, note the ridges and furrows in the field opposite - evidence of the plough pulled by oxen used on Wimpole's medieval farmland.


Turn right and through the gate, then meander to the right, following the footpath away from the hall across the field. Keep walking until you reach the ha-ha and iron bridge. Bear left ahead towards the lakes until you reach the Chinese Bridge.

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Lakes on the Wimpole Estate


Cross over the 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 towards the gate at the far end.

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Wimpole Folly/Gothic Tower


Walk straight through the farmland on the grass path into the Woodland belt; the sign here is filled with wildlife information - do stop to read. 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. As you walk, the fields are to your left behind the trees.

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Wimpole's woodland


Once you've made it round the U-turn-like bend, follow the path out of the trees 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 and go through the gate, back the way you came, where you can finish either at the stable-block or restaurant.

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The grand exterior of Wimpole Hall


Kendall Stable-block, grid ref: TL336509

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Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire


This walk is on a well-marked route and public footpath, which can get quite muddy. There are a number of slight gradients as well as areas with livestock.

Dogs are welcome on the parkland, as long as kept under close control. Please remove any dog litter.

Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

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Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
By train

Shepreth 5 miles (8km); Royston, with taxi service, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

8 miles (12.8km) south-west of Cambridge (A603); 6 miles (9.6km) north of Royston (A1198).

By foot

Wimpole Way from Cambridge; Harcamlow Way.

By bus

Whippet 75 from Cambridge. Alight Arrington, then 1 mile walk; return bus from Orwell, a 2 mile (3.2km) walk. Bus subject to changes and cancellations. Please check with Whippet buses before you travel or call 01954 230011.

By bicycle

Cycle path to entrance from Orwell (A603).

Wimpole Folly and woodland belt walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park - free to members.
  • Food and drink at Old Rectory Restaurant and Farm Café
  • Shop selling local pottery, gifts, Wimpole rare breed meat and eggs, and plant sales.
  • Dogs welcome on the parkland under close control