Woodchester Park boathouse walk

Walking trail

Nestled in the Cotswolds, the secluded valley of Woodchester Park is home to the remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park, a Victorian mansion, a chain of five lakes fringed by woodland and pasture, and an abundance of wildlife.

Woodchester Park boathouse, Gloucestershire


Map route for Woodchester Park boathouse walk


Car park, grid ref: SO797012


From the car park turn right, down the hill, following the pink waymarkers of the Boathouse Walk into the woods.


As you emerge from the woods, take a look at the pasture to your right, restored from conifer plantation in 1997. It's now grazed by traditional Welsh black cattle.


Bear left at the waymarked junction. You'll see the remains of the coach house and stables that were associated with the Georgian mansion to your left. Property details prepared for the sale of the Woodchester in 1846, describe these buildings as everything the most fastidious Gentleman can desire - a coach house for eight carriages and stables with twelve stalls and harness rooms...

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Continue onwards to the Temple Site (now a small ruin). The wooded valley enclosed by the curve of the track contains the remains of terraced gardens, which were created in the early 1800s. Historic records describe a temple overlooking Italian-style gardens with fountains playing in ornamental ponds.

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Entering the pasture, continue downhill to where you'll see Brick Kiln Pond. Brick Kiln, Old and Middle ponds are the first three of a chain of lakes created by the middle of the 18th century. Keep your eyes open for birds, such as kingfishers and herons, as well as mandarin and tufted ducks. The dam was breached in the 1940s and there's now a plan to restore the lake. Larch plantations have been removed so that the historic views can be enjoyed once again.


Having walked the length of Middle Pond, turn right onto the dam. These deep lakes were created through the damming of a small stream.

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From a series of boardwalks the Boathouse comes into view. Continue to follow the pink waymarkers.

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Passing Woodchester Mansion on your right, continue up the hill to the car park.

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Car park, grid ref: SO797012

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Woodchester Park boathouse walk


A circular walk following the pink waymarkers. Some steep sections in places. The ground can be muddy, especially after wet weather. Walking boots recommended.

Dogs must be on a lead at all times.

There are two other waymarked walks to explore: the 1.7 mile (2.7km) Explorers Walk, waymarked in orange, and the 7 mile (11.3km) Lost Landscapes Walk, waymarked in purple.

Woodchester Park boathouse walk

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Woodchester Park boathouse walk

How to get here

Nympsfield, near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS
By road

4 miles (6.4km) south-west of Stroud off B4066, Stroud to Dursley road. Car park (pay and display) off Nympsfield road, 300yd (275m) from B4066 junction.

By foot

Cotswold Way National Trail, less than a mile (0.8km) away.

By bus

Cotswold Green 35, Stroud (close to station) to Nympsfield, followed by short walk to park.

Woodchester Park boathouse walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome but due to grazing livestock must be on a lead at all times