We are delighted that Haddon’s Medieval Private Park is now open to be enjoyed through our programme of guided ecological and historical walks and talks, and wellbeing classes.
Walks commence at 10.30 am
Duration: 2-2.5 hours walking at a leisurely pace with frequent stops for observation
Parkland Walk: £28.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 yrs)
Booking essential – see link below
Parking: £3.80 payable on arrival
Discounted admission to Hall and Gardens: £11.50 per person
Distance: 2 miles max
Terrain: The Medieval Park is an unspoilt, natural landscape with few paths. The terrain is very uneven in places and may be wet and/or muddy. You are advised to wear walking boots or other stout footwear. If you usually use walking poles when out on the fells, you may like to bring these with you. Please also bear in mind that the Peak District weather can be very changeable. For your safety and comfort we advise that you have warm, waterproof clothing available with you to wear if required.
Ascent and Descent: You will need to have a moderate level of fitness – approximately 200 m of height is climbed to the plateau and then again back down to the valley.
Toilets are available in the Stable Block at the start and finish of your walk.
Please note that dogs are not permitted on these walks.
Whilst it is well known that Haddon is one of the great survivors of the Medieval age, it is less well known that its Medieval Park, which encircles the hall, has also remained largely undisturbed and is remarkable for its diversity of habitats, unaltered landscapes and stretches of ancient pasture.
Within the park today can be found many clues to its Medieval past and it is a place of exceptional biodiversity.
On our guided parkland walks, you will be escorted through this varied, ancient landscape and our guides will share with you their knowledge of the plant and animal species, some very rare, which live within it and will provide insight into how the park was managed in Medieval times for hunting, leisure, and support of the hall and its household.
If you come on one of our Parkland Walks you can also visit the Hall and Gardens on the same day at a discounted price. After enjoying your walk, simply visit our Ticket Office and show proof of your Parkland walk booking to purchase your discounted ticket.