Woodland thrones walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

Take a leisurely stroll across Wimpole Estate and through the woodland belts where you'll discover a few rustic thrones overlooking some glorious views. The giant chairs have all been made by our Forestry team from oak trees grown on the Estate.

Woodland Thrones

Discover new views and vistas of Wimpole, as you find our four woodland thrones. The Jubilee Throne was the first to be built in 2012, with the three others built in 2014, marking the centenary of the First World War, and commemorating soldiers who fought, and were associated with Wimpole in some way.


Wimpole woodland thrones map


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


Starting at Hardwicke gate, enter the parkland and head down to the Stable Block, then turn right and walk east along the old estate driveway. After about 200m go through a black gate into the field on your left and head towards the red telephone box. Before reaching the telephone box bear left and go through the gate in the fence line and head for the kissing gate to the road.


Cross the road and walk a short distance to the left before going right down the track opposite Home Farm. Pass Gamekeepers cottage and the woodyard complex of buildings on your right, before turning left and crossing over a hump-backed bridge.


Continue along the track passing Cobbs Wood farmhouse on your left and the series of black timber-clad barns and modern grain store. Just beyond the grain store turn to the left and walk up farm track.


Continue up the hill until you arrive at the first of the four seats you encounter on this walk; this one we have named Captain Bambridge's Throne. Take a breather and enjoy the view before continuing.

Read more
Captain George Bambridge


From here, continue up the farm track into the woods and turn left in to the woodland, when you reach the multi-use trail take it on your left for a short distance to reach the Jubilee Throne.

Read more


From here, head back the way you came, taking the multi-use trail for a short distance to the North of the woods, until you get to a cleared woodland ride down to the right. Head down this ride and you'll see the Captain Agar Robartes Throne with a fantastically framed view to the South. This has been built on an old ride that was originally used to drive sheep up and down the pastures, which has recently been cleared to reinstate the route.

Read more
Tommy Agar Robartes


After a relaxing breather, continue down the ride and turn left once on the woodland path. Continue to follow the path through the woodland belts and on exit turn right on to the multi-use trail down the hill.


Continue down the hill towards Cobb's Wood again, on your left you'll see the John Kipling Throne and another beautiful view; this time of the Victoria Plantation and Cobb's Wood woodland.

Read more
John Kipling


Continue following the farm track down the hill this time passing the farm buildings on your right and retrace your steps back to the Stable Block.


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

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Woodland thrones walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Woodland thrones walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

Wimpole Estate, 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).

By bicycle

 Entrance via A603 then Hardwicke Gate car park and visitor welcome.

Woodland thrones walk, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

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