Geo-Trips :: A walk on the Brockhampton Estate

The Brockhampton Estate

A walk from Brockhampton, Sun, 25 Feb 2018 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 1½ miles to 3¾. 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 to 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.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO6854 : Brockhampton Chapel by Philip Halling
Brockhampton Chapel
The new Brockhampton Chapel was built in 1798 replacing an earlier Norman chapel... more

SO6854 : A glimpse of Brockhampton Chapel by Philip Halling
A glimpse of Brockhampton Chapel
Trees in parkland at Brockhampton. Brockhampton chapel is just visible through the trees.

SO6854 : Tree in Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Tree in Brockhampton Park
A tree, likely to be a Western Red Cedar, in Brockhampton Park.

SO6854 : The stump of a fallen tree by Philip Halling
The stump of a fallen tree
The shattered stump of a fallen tree in Brockhampton Park.

SO6854 : Tree in Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Tree in Brockhampton Park
There is a fine view beyond this tree, Whitbourne Hall is just visible above the... more

SO6854 : View to Lawn Pool by Philip Halling
View to Lawn Pool
View to Lawn Pool in Brockhampton

SO6854 : Brockhampton Hall by Philip Halling
Brockhampton Hall
Brockhampton Hall viewed from the south-east within the parkland surrounding the... more

SO6954 : Brockhampton House by Philip Halling
Brockhampton House
View to the 18th century Brockhampton House which today is a private school.... more

SO6954 : Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Brockhampton Park
View to the 18th century Brockhampton House which today is a private school.... more

SO6954 : Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Brockhampton Park
View to the 18th century Brockhampton House which today is a private school.... more

SO6855 : Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Brockhampton Park
Grassland in Brockhampton Park below Look-out Wood.

SO6855 : Path approaching Lower Brockhampton  by Philip Halling
Path approaching Lower Brockhampton
A permissive headland path approaching Lower Brockhampton which can be seen on the... more

SO6855 : Lower Brockhampton by Philip Halling
Lower Brockhampton
Lower Brockhampton reflected in its moat. I have photographed this picturesque... more

SO6855 : Timber gatehouse, Lower Brockhampton by Philip Halling
Timber gatehouse, Lower Brockhampton
Timber gatehouse bridging the moat at Lower Brockhampton. This National Trust... more

SO6855 : Moat and Lower Brockhampton by Philip Halling
Moat and Lower Brockhampton
Lower Brockhampton must be one of the National Trust's most picturesque... more

SO6855 : Lower Brockhampton by Philip Halling
Lower Brockhampton
With the trees bare in winter there is an unobstructed view of Lower Brockhampton... more

SO6856 : Moat at Lower Brockhampton by Philip Halling
Moat at Lower Brockhampton
This is a second smaller moat near the manor house of Lower Brockhampton, the... more

SO6856 : Moat at Lower Brockhampton by Philip Halling
Moat at Lower Brockhampton
This is a second smaller moat near the manor house of Lower Brockhampton, the... more

SO6856 : Gate into a field beside Paradise Wood by Philip Halling
Gate into a field beside Paradise Wood
Gate into a field beside Paradise Wood at the rear of Lower Brockhampton. I... more

SO6856 : Path through Paradise Wood by Philip Halling
Path through Paradise Wood
Path through Paradise Wood on the national Trust owned Brockhampton estate.

SO6856 : Woodland path, Brockhampton estate by Philip Halling
Woodland path, Brockhampton estate
A woodland path on the national Trust owned Brockhampton estate clumbing a valley... more

SO6756 : Path above Blews Ditch by Philip Halling
Path above Blews Ditch
Path above Blews Ditch on Brockhampton estate.

SO6756 : Coppice woodland by Philip Halling
Coppice woodland
Coppice woodland on the Brockhampton estate.

SO6756 : Female hazel catkins by Philip Halling
Female hazel catkins
Female hazel catkins on the Brockhampton estate. See male catkins [[[5696533]]].

SO6756 : Male hazel catkins by Philip Halling
Male hazel catkins
Male hazel catkins on the Brockhampton estate. See female catkins [[[5696528]]].

SO6756 : Cottage on the Bromyard Downs by Philip Halling
Cottage on the Bromyard Downs
Cottage on the Bromyard Downs viewed from a path on the Brockhampton estate.... more

SO6756 : Footpath on the Brockhampton Estate by Philip Halling
Footpath on the Brockhampton Estate
Ankerdine Hill above the Teme valley can be seen in the background. For the same... more

SO6756 : A timber stack beside the road to Hill House Farm by Philip Halling
A timber stack beside the road to Hill House Farm
One this fine, but cold February day the timber stack on the right was an... more

SO6756 : Farm drive and cotttage on Bromyard Downs by Philip Halling
Farm drive and cotttage on Bromyard Downs
This farm road provides access to Hill House Farm on the Bromyard Downs. The... more

SO6756 : View over Brockhampton by Philip Halling
View over Brockhampton
View over farmland at Brockhampton towards the Teme valley and the hills above Martley.

SO6756 : Farmland on the Bromyard Downs by Philip Halling
Farmland on the Bromyard Downs
View to the north-west over farmland on Bromyard Downs, viewed from near Hill House Farm.

SO6755 : Sheep below a bare tree by Philip Halling
Sheep below a bare tree
Sheep below a bare tree on a bright and cold winter's day at Hill House Farm on... more

SO6755 : View to Whitbourne Hall and the Teme valley by Philip Halling
View to Whitbourne Hall and the Teme valley
View to Whitbourne Hall and the Teme valley from near Hill House Farm on the... more

SO6755 : Hill House Farm by Philip Halling
Hill House Farm
Hill House Farm viewed from the path to the south. A very similar view to this... more

SO6755 : Tree felling in Greenfield Wood by Philip Halling
Tree felling in Greenfield Wood
Tree felling in Greenfield Wood on the Brockhampton Estate.

SO6755 : Hedgelaying on the Bromyard Downs by Philip Halling
Hedgelaying on the Bromyard Downs
Hedgelaying is a way to revitalise a hedge when it has grown up and become thin... more

SO6755 : View to Whitbourne and the Teme valley by Philip Halling
View to Whitbourne and the Teme valley
View over Brockhampton Park to Whitbourne and the Teme valley from the Bromyard... more

SO6755 : View of Greenfield by Philip Halling
View of Greenfield
View of Greenfield with Whitbourne Hall in the distance to the left from the... more

SO6754 : Warren Farm by Philip Halling
Warren Farm
Warren Farm on the National Trust owned Brockhampton Estate.

SO6754 : View to Whitbourne Hall by Philip Halling
View to Whitbourne Hall
View to Whitbourne Hall and the Teme valley from near Warren Farm on the... more

SO6854 : Mature oak in Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Mature oak in Brockhampton Park
A mature oak tree in winter in Brockhampton Park. I photographed this same tree... more

SO6854 : Mature oak trees in Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Mature oak trees in Brockhampton Park

SO6855 : Brockhampton Park by Philip Halling
Brockhampton Park
Brockhampton Park is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.

All images © Philip Halling and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.

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