Walking

Walking trail

Wimpole Woodland Thrones Walk, 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 remaining thrones built in 2014, to mark the centenary of the First World War and commemorating soldiers who fought and were associated with Wimpole in some way.

Map

Wimpole woodland thrones map

Start:

Stable-block, grid ref: TL336509

1

Starting in the car park, walk away from the Stable Block towards the other side of the visitor car park. Go through a black gate into the field opposite 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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

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Captain George Bambridge

5

From here, continue up the farm track into the woods and out of the far side. Turn left and walk down the field margin, then turn left and straight through the woodland to the far side where you will see the next throne. This is the Jubilee Throne.

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6

From here, head back the way you came, but ignoring the track that comes up to your right, and walk along the field margin 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.

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Tommy Agar Robartes

7

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 farm track down the hill.

8

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

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John Kipling

9

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.

End:

Stable-block, grid ref: TL336509

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Wimpole Woodland Thrones Walk, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Wimpole Woodland Thrones Walk, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

Address
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

It’s now even easier to get to us by bike - the BikeBus Explorer carries bikes and passengers on its route from Cambridge - Wimpole Estate - Gamlingay – Cambridge on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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 Woodland Thrones Walk, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • Parking at National Trust car park
  • Old Rectory Restaurant and Farm Café available for refreshments
  • Shop selling local pottery, gifts, Wimpole rare breed meat and eggs, and plant sales
  • Toilets in the Stable Block
  • Dogs are welcome under close control