Kingston Lacy Walks
Explore the extensive parkland and gardens surrounding this lavish country mansion near Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Well laid out way-marked footpaths will take you across the wide lawns and through peaceful woodland to the beautiful Japanese Gardens with bamboo plants, granite lanterns and an authentic Japanese tea house. You can also follow the avenue of Lime trees to the arboretum known as Nursery Wood. Here you'll find a beautiful collection of azalea, camellia, rhododendron and flowering cherry trees. Other features in Kingston Lacy Park include the restored Victorian Kitchen Garden, the ancient Egyptian obelisk, the Rose Garden, the South Terrace, the Parterre, the Fernery and the Cedar Walk.
You can also explore the Italian style house with its collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts and paintings including pictures by Rubens and Van Dyck.
If you have time you could also explore the wider estate which covers 8500 acres. Highlights include the nearby Badbury Rings Iron Age hill fort and the delightful two and a half mile long Beech Avenue. The Stour Valley Way long distance walking trail also runs past the estate so you could pick this up and follow the River Stour into Wimborne Minster.
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Kingston Lacy Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Kingston Lacy Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Kingston Lacy OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Kingston Lacy Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Kingston Lacy Pubs/Cafes
The on site Stables Cafe has a nice courtyard where you can sit outside and enjoy refreshments after your exercise. The Anchor Inn in nearby Shapwick is another good option. It's a lovely pub with a good menu and some outdoor seating for fine days. You can find the pub just west of the estate at a postcode of DT11 9LB for your sat navs. The little village of Shapwick is also a nice place for another stroll with the River Stour running through it. You could actually pick up the waymarked Stour Valley Way here and follow it towards Sturminster Marshall if you're still feeling energetic.
Kingston Lacy Dog Walking
With miles of woodland and parkland the estate is a great place to bring your dog for a walk. Please keep them on short leads though. The Stables courtyard cafe is also dog friendly and will provide treats for your pet.