GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Highclere Castle Walks

10 miles (16.5 km)

This walk uses public footpaths to explore the extensive parkland surrounding this Stately home near Newbury. The house is now famous as the location for period drama'Downton Abbey' and the comedy series'Jeeves and Wooster'. There is a charge for visiting the house and it's immediate surrounding gardens but there are free public paths to take you through a large portion of the wider estate. This walk uses the Brenda Parker Way long distance footpath to take you through Highclere Park.
The walk starts from the car park south east of Highclere Castle off the A34. You have the option of first climbing Beacon Hill for great views over the estate. You then head to Old Burghclerewhere you turn north towards Whitway where you pick up the Brenda Parker Way. You then head west along the paths through Highclere Wood to Highclere Farm. This walk returns to Beacon Hill car park on the same paths but you could pick up the Wayfarer's Walk to turn it into a long circular walk. This would take you through the southern part of the estate.
You can also visit the castle grounds although this does require and admission fee. Here you will find beautiful gardens, serpentine paths, herbaceous borders, lakes and peaceful woodland trails. You can also tour the magnificent house which has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. The real Downton Abbey has fine state rooms including wonderful furntiture and artworks.
The walk can be extended by continuing west along the Wayfarer's Walk to Pilot Hill and Walbury Hill which are the highest points in Hampshire and Berkshire respectively.
Just north of Highclere you will find the National Trust owed Chase Nature Reserve. There's lots of nice woodland trails, pretty streams and flora and fauna to see here too.


RG20 9RN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just north of Newbury you can visit the historic Donnington Castle and enjoy a walk around the attractive heathland of Snelsmore Common Country Park.


"Jackdaws Castle", Highclere Castle, Highclere (geograph 2516146)

Jackdaws Castle

In Highclere Wood - - 360260

In Highclere Wood within the estate. The wood is mainly conifers but quite thinly planted. This area of the wood is called Ivyhouse Copse on 1:25K map, but is bigger than expected for a copse. There is a footpath through.

Highclere Park - - 360279

Highclere Park. Typical parkland scenery within the Highclere estate. A magnificent specimen of a tree, one of a number around. They must have been growing here for centuries.

Highclere Park - - 360269

Sheep grazing in the park

Footpath in Highclere estate - - 360312

This footpath, still in pasture following the edge of the wood, crosses a small stream on this footbridge

Highclere Castle - - 1591786

Highclere Castle - Built in 1777. 18th century Landscape gardens with historicLebanon cedar (Cedrus libani)trees.

Folly in Grotto Copse - - 361309

Folly in Grotto Copse. Not named on the map and nothing to indicate its purpose or who built it. However, the wood to the south is called Grotto Copse which may be relevant, and it is at the southern edge of Highclere Estate so may be an estate house.

Highclere estate chapel - - 360240

Highclere estate chapel. This is within the Castle estate, but the gravestones seem to indicate that it fulfils (or used to fulfil) the role of a parish church. Yes, the angles are right; the church itself is on a slight hill so any picture will involve looking up at it. The tree to its left does lean at that angle, and poor Ann Moreton's headstone in the foreground does lean alarmingly the other way!


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