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A walk on the Brockhampton Estate

By Philip Halling

(Approx. 5 miles)

The National Trust owned Brockhampton Estate includes 1700 acres of mixed woodland and open parkland, working farms, orchards and a picturesque medieval timber-framed moated manor house. There are a number of waymarked suggested walks around the estate ranging from 1 miles to 3. This walk embraces parts of three waymarked routes, the Carriage Ride, Parkland Walk and Orchard Walk, thus as the different titles suggest the walk offers variety. The walk passes through a valley bottom and also high up on the eastern side of the Bromyard Downs from where there are wonderful views to the east, including much of Worcestershire, the city of Worcester, and to north-east towards the Clent and Lickey Hills on the northern boundary of the Worcestershire.

The walk can be started either from car park near the entrance and chapel at the top, or alternatively from near the moated manor house in the valley bottom. On this particular day, I parked at the upper car park and began the walk by following the Parkland Walk which passes through mature parkland with fine trees before descending to Lawn Pool on the edge of a wooded valley. On calm days the pool provides mirror-like reflections of eighteenth century red-brick Georgian, Brockhampton House, which is private and not open to the public. At the end of the lake leave the Parkland Walk and turn left to follow the Orchard Walk which crosses the dam holding the waters of Lawn Pool. After a short distance through woodland the path emerges back into parkland, contouring below Brockhampton House before re-entering woodland. Following the Orchard Walk the path reaches the road which visitors use to drive to the lower car park. Walkers can either follow the road for a short distance or follow a slightly longer parallel woodland walk. Lower Brockhampton manor house is approached along a permissive footpath along a field headland running alongside the drive to the house.

Reflected in its moat and complete with a timber-framed gatehouse across the moat Lower Brockhampton manor house is picturesque. The walk continues through a damson orchard and then passes round the back of the house and then gently descends to the valley bottom where the stream is crossed and at a choice of routes, the Carriageway Ride is followed to the left. The path slowly climbs through a wooded valley with a stream to the left. The wood being walked through here is named Paradise Wood. After about three-quarters of a mile the path leaves the wood and follows a hedge before emerging near a cottage onto a private road to Hill House Farm. Turn left and follow the road to the farm. Whilst walking towards the farm the views to the left open up providing fine views over the Brockhampton Estate, the wooded valley below, and glimpsed through trees, Whitbourne Court, a large eighteenth century country house, now converted to private apartments. These extensive views continue after walking past Hill House Farm where another section of woodland is walked through. The path continues its elevated route on the eastern part of Bromyard Downs, following a track to Warren Farm and then bearing left and gradually descending it returns the walker to the parkland near the chapel and back to the car park. Just as the park is re-entered there are a couple of mature oak trees on the left.

This is an enjoyable walk of approximately five miles which includes a variety of landscape, woodland, parkland, farmland and orchard, and on a clear day offers extensive views to the east into Worcestershire. Bear in mind that the path through Paradise Wood can be muddy for much of the year. As the walk takes in both National Trust car parks the walk can be started from either.
You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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