GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Badminton House and Estate Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Enjoy a walk through the Duke of Beaufort's estate on this easy circular walk in the Cotswolds. The walk starts in Great Badminton and heads to Little Badminton through Badminton Park. In the park there are two large ponds, several deer, attractive parkland and the 17th century Badminton House. At Little Badminton you will pass the pretty Dovecote before heading into the surrounding countryside. You'll pass along the woodland of the Seven Mile Plantation before returning to Great Badminton via a countryside bridleway and a short woodland section. The area is best known for the annualBadminton Horse Trialsheld here since 1949. The game of Badminton was also invented in the house in 1863.
The Macmillan Way long distance trail runs just to the east of the estate. To extend your walking in the area you could pick it up and head south to the delightful village of Castle Combe.

Postcode

GL9 1DB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Badminton House and Estate OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Badminton House and Estate Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could try our circular Sherston Walk. This visits the nearby village of Luckington and the 16th century Luckington Court which was used to represent Longbourn, the Bennet family home, in theBBC's 1995 TV seriesPride and Prejudice.
Just to the west there's the interesting market town of Chipping Sodbury. The Chipping Sodbury Walk starts from the town and visits the historic villages of Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury where there's a fine old church and hall to see.
Just to the north west you could pick up the circular Hawkesbury Upton Walk and visit the National Trust's Horton Court. The Grade I listed manor house dates back to the 16th century and is surrounded by some pretty gardens. In the area there's also a historic 400 year old pub and the Somerset Monument to visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Through Badminton Estate - geograph.org.uk - 1734468

Through Badminton Estate

Badminton House - geograph.org.uk - 794330

Badminton House is the family home of the 11th Duke of Beaufort. He is President of the Horse Trials and was himself a successful rider in the sport, being placed second here in 1959.

Estate houses, Badminton - geograph.org.uk - 441049

Estate houses

Badminton Deer Park - geograph.org.uk - 314663

A view looking east into the grounds of the Deer Park, from the lane between Badminton and Little Badminton. The approach lights for the airstrip can be seen, together with some of the jumps used during the Badminton Horse Trials.

Bridleway near Little Badminton - geograph.org.uk - 486972

Bridleway near Little Badminton. This bridleway, one of several in the area, is viewed facing north-west in this image. The crops either side are oilseed rape. It can't be too much longer before it is harveste

Field margin, near Little Badminton - geograph.org.uk - 486790

Field margin, near Little Badminton. The viewpoint is from the north-eastern corner of Peaked Down Clump, a semi-circular plantation. The field margin is on the left. In the distance in the next square north is the American Barn.

Castle Barn Badminton - geograph.org.uk - 3364604

Castle Barn ancient folly.

Gatehouse, Badminton Park - geograph.org.uk - 440866

Gatehouse

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Badminton House and Estate.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Badminton House and Estate.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)