The 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate has miles of lovely walking trails to try. You can follow the well surfaced footpaths around the stunning lake and into the surrounding woodlands, parkland and gardens. There is a collection of exotic trees which look wonderful in the autumn months. You'll also pass some classical architecture including temples, mystical grottoes and the beautiful arched bridge over the lake.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could follow the Stour Valley Way south towards Bourton. The waymarked, long distance trail can also be used to create a circular walk around the estate.
The Leland Trail also starts at Stourhead so you could pick this up and visit King Alfred's Tower.
To extend your walk you could climb White Sheet Hill for wonderful views over the Cranborne Chase AONB.
You can virtually explore Stourhead using the google street view link below!
PostcodeBA12 6QF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Stourhead Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Stourhead Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Stourhead OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Stourhead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk head to the lovely on site restaurant where there's a good menu with an outdoor seating area. There's also the Spread Eagle Inn which is within the estate in the village of Stourton. The 18th century inn also has a good selection of meals and drinks.
The parkland and woodland on the estate make for a fine dog walk. You are asked to please keep them on leads.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Bruton Walk starts from the nearby Somerset Town, located to the west of the estate. It follows the Leland Trail through the countryside to the estate, passing the town's 15th century packhorse bridge over the River Brue and the interesting 16th century Bruton Dovecote on the way. It also visits King Alfred's Tower, located to the north west of the house. The Tower is named after King Alfred who raised his standard here in 870. The structure commemorates the accession of George III in 1760 and the end of the Severn Years War. You can climb the tower's 205 steps and admire the spectacular view of the three surrounding counties. It also marks the start point of the long distance Leland Trail.
The circular Gillingham Walk visits the estate from the nearby Dorset town. It follows the Stour Valley Way through Bourton and Zeals to the south of the estate.
To the east you can pick up the Mere Walk which starts from the attractive town and climbs to White Sheet Hill. The hill is part of the Stourhead Estate and includes an Iron Age Hillfort, an aerial transmitter and a small reservoir. There's also some lovely downland and excellent views over the area. The town itself is also worth visiting with a photogenic market square, the excellent viewpoint at Long Hill and a fine 16th century coaching inn for refreshment afterwards.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks and the Cranborne Chase Walks page.