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Woodchester Park

Woodchester Park is found in the Stroud valleys in the Cotswolds
Woodchester Park is found in the Stroud valleys in the Cotswolds

About Woodchester Park

Woodchester Park is situated in a beautiful secluded wooded valley in the grounds of the unfinished Victorian Woodchester Mansion (not owned by the national Trust).
The tranquil wooded valley contains a 'lost landscape' with remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park with a chain of five lakes. Park Mill Pond is the last of these lakes and features a man-made island that is now a heronry. Large carp can also be seen in the waters.

Secreted away in the surrounding woodland, you'll find an old Boat House, built in the early 19th century. It was restored in 1998 and bats now roost in the roof space, emerging at dusk to hunt over the lake. The wood also hides a disused quarry, which was in use until the early 1900s and provided stone for the Woodchester Estate.
The restoration of this varied landscape is an ongoing project. There are way-marked trails through the park, some of which are steep in places as the property covers part of the valley sides. There is a marked play trail with equipment made from natural products. 


Opening times at Woodchester Park

Opens from 17 June 2020 from 8am - 8pm

Admission prices for Woodchester Park 2020

  • Pay and display parking £3
  • National Trust members FREE.

Dogs welcome at Woodchester Park

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Disabled access at Woodchester Park

The road down to the car park is quite steep and uneven. The car park surface is firm with a top layer of loose gravel. There are no designated spaces available for disabled people. Access from the car park to the start of the walks and the play trail route is down a series of 12 steep steps. These steps have a handrail on one side, to the right as you descend the steps or the left as you climb up. There is a slope to the side of the steps which has a gradient of 1:12 and can be slippery if the weather is wet. The surface at the top of the slope is firm with a gravel covering, progressing to a firm surface underneath a general covering of leaves and some vegetation.

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