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.

Wildlife Walk: The Butterflies of Haddon Medieval Park

23 Jul, 20 Aug

Walk commences at 11.00 am
Duration 3 hours

Parkland Butterflies Walk: £35.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 yrs)
Parking: £3.80 payable on arrival
Places limited, booking is essential – please see link below
Discounted admission to Hall and Gardens: £11.50 per person

Important! Unfortunately this walk can only take place in dry weather conditions.  In the event that wet weather is forecast we may have to cancel the event, possibly at short notice.  In these circumstances we will make every effort to reschedule the walk to an alternative date.  If you are not able to attend for the rescheduled date, we will refund the cost of the walk.  We regret that we are unable to reimburse travel, accommodation or any other expenses that you may have incurred to attend.

Toilets are available in the Stable Block at the start and finish of your walk
The Restaurant serves a wide selection of food and drink
Please note, dogs are not permitted on this walk

The Medieval Park at Haddon Hall is a rare treasure, comprising 187 hectares of organic ancient pasture, woodlands, water meadows and river banks.  Largely untouched for over 900 years with a diverse range of habitats, it is home to an incredible variety of wildlife.  A recent survey found 20 different butterfly species fluttering around our flowers, grasses and trees, including the Wall Brown and Small Heath, both priority conservation species.

In these two exclusive events renowned butterfly naturalist Steve Orridge will take you behind the scenes into the private parkland that surrounds Haddon Hall.  For approximately 3 hours, walking at a gentle pace with plenty of opportunities for observation and photography, he will escort you around the different habitats within the Medieval Park to discover and appreciate its rich butterfly life.

Steve Orridge is a keen naturalist who has been involved in butterfly surveys since 2013, working with East Midlands Butterfly Conservation and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.  Steve has been involved in walking transects within Haddon Medieval Park since 2020 and knows the habitats here very well.  He is passionate about sharing his love of butterflies and the natural world with others.

Please note that this walk takes place within the unspoilt, natural landscape of the Haddon Medieval Park.  There are few paths, the terrain is uneven in places and may be wet and/or muddy.  For your safety and comfort you are advised to wear walking boots or other stout footwear and to have warm clothing available with you to wear if required on the day of your visit.

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.



Wildlife Walk: The River Life of Haddon Medieval Park
9 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park
17 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Butterflies of Haddon Medieval Park
23 Jul, 20 Aug
Photography Tuition Day within Haddon Medieval Park
27 Jul, 1 Oct

Medieval Parkland Walks
4 Aug, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 22 Oct, 29 Oct
Wildlife Walk: The Trees of Haddon Medieval Park
8 Oct